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Punjab simultaneously fighting Covid-19 and striving for industrial development: Sundar Sham Arora

VERINDER SAREEN | June 25, 2020 08:56 PM

NAWANSHAHR: Apart from fighting the Covid pandemic, the Punjab Government's main thrust is on the industrial development of the state for which 4000 acres of land has been made available for setting up of new industries in the state.

This was stated by the Industries and Commerce Minister Sundar Sham Arora while inaugurating the projects worth Rs. 9.28 crore for the upgradation of Industrial Focal Point at Nawanshahr.   He said that the new projects included boundary wall, improvement of road infrastructure, greening of roadsides, upgradation of water supply, improvement of drainage system, upgrade of street lights, conference hall, sewage treatment plant etc.  Arora also asked the industrialists who have not yet used the plots to come forward to set up their industrial units.

He said that out of 2.55 lakh industrial units in Punjab, the re-opening of 2.35 lakh industrial units has given a major impetus to the industrial development and the aggrieved industrialists from China are also showing interest in setting up their industries in states like Punjab.  Citing the ongoing talks with Japan and other countries, he said that huge investments were expected after the opening of international flights.  He said that four major industrial parks in Punjab were ready for industries including 1100 acres in Cycle Valley, Ludhiana, 1100 acres in Rajpura, 135 acres in Mandi Gobindgarh for pharma companies and the land of thermal plant in Bathinda.

He said that Rs.400 crore has been released by the government for the improvement of Cycle Valley and Focal Points.  Referring to the efforts of MLA Angad Singh in Nawanshahr to make 300 acres of land available for industry, he said that after the opening of lockdown in this regard also the industrial houses would be persuaded for setting up industries.  He said that small scale industries which form the backbone of industrialization, were  also being strengthened by the state government and at the 'Business Summit' they were given one lakh encouragement prizes.

MLA Angad Singh thanked the Industries Minister and hoped that the Cycle Valley and Apparel Park to be set up in Ludhiana district would be of great benefit to Nawanshahr for business and employment.

On this occasion, MLA Balachaur Ch. Darshan Lal Mangupur, MD of Punjab Small Industries Industrial Export Corporation, Sumit Jarangal, DC  Shena Agarwal, SDM Nawanshahr Jagdish Singh Johal, All India Youth Congress General Secretary Amarpreet Singh Lalli, GM District Industries Center Amarjit Singh Bhatia, among others, were present.

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