Chandigarh: The government would soon set up a mega leather cluster at Jalandhar in Punjab at a cost of Rs 125 crore to give a boost to the industry in the region, Commerce Minister Anand Sharma on Thursday said.
Sharma, who along with a team of officers, held a high level meeting with Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and senior officers of the state government, an official release said here.
He apprised Badal of the upcoming cluster at Jalandhar was amongst the seven such clusters being set up by the Department of Industrial Promotion and Policy. A cold storage facility would also be provided at the Cargo Terminal of Chandigarh-Mohali International Airport to boost the exports of vegetables, fruits and live saving drugs.
Sharma announced revival of erstwhile Dhariwal Woolen Mill at Dhariwal. The Ministry of Textile has already taken the in-principle decision to run this mill by National Textile Corporation.
On Badal's demand regarding Common Effluent Treatment Plant (CETP) to treat effluents discharged by the small and medium dyeing industry in Ludhiana at a cost of Rs 437 crore, Sharma said a high level committee was formed under the chairmanship of Secretary Textiles.
The committee would visit Ludhiana within the next two weeks and submit a report to Sharma so that the Ministry can recommend setting up of the CETP under Industrial Infrastructure Upgradation Scheme (IIUS) of the Department of Industrial Promotion of Policy (DIPP).
As per the scheme, 60 percent of funding would be done by Centre. The state had demanded Rs 264 crore from the Centre for completion of the project. Further, demanding direct export of Kinnow to Bangladesh via land route of Kolkata, Badal sought intervention to curb malpractice of distress sale and subsequent exploitation of Kinnow growers in the state by the local traders.
Sharma asked the Director General Foreign Trade Kolkata to resolve the issue at the earliest to pave a way for the smooth export of Kinnow directly from Punjab. On the state's demand of allowing wheat export to Pakistan, Afghanistan and other countries via Attari border, the Union Minister said the matter was being taken up by the Centre with the Government of Pakistan and a possible headway is expected soon.


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