Industry prefers Himachal despite withdrawal of Ind. package

Shimla: Contrary to the line taken up by the Dhumal led BJP government in the state, the Centre’s decision to revoke the incentives given to Himachal Pradesh under a special industrial package has not impeded industrial expansion in the state, with investments worth Rs 14,079.63 crore providing employment to 1,32,066 people cleared till date.

Out of this, 2,616 industrial units were set up at an investment of Rs 6120.92 crore during the past three years, which are already providing employment to 36,902 youth in the state. What is more, several leading industrial houses have shown a keen interest in setting up major projects in the state, even after the withdrawal of the special package.

Under the Development of Industrial Estate/Industrial Area schemes, industrial sheds and plots equipped with basic infrastructure facilities are being developed in identified industrial areas in the state. Sheds and plots are provided to potential entrepreneurs at reasonable rates and on a lease-hold basis.

New industrial units are being set up in the 612-bigha in Baddi-Barotiwala-Nalagarh industrial area in Solan district. The state government is identifying both government-held and private land holdings to strengthen the land bank.

Industries director Onkar Sharma said the state government has taken a proactive stance on pollution and environmental conservation issues and has only allowed units that meet stringent norms to set up shop in the state. Some distinct advantages like rich natural resources, uninterrupted and cheap power supply, sound industrial infrastructure and the transparent process for clearance of projects were attracting industrialists to Himachal.

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