Centre plans to develop Gwalior as plastics hub

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Gwalior
  • Updated: Jan 11, 2016 20:19 IST
Union ministers Ananth Kumar and Narendra Singh Tomar talking to media in Gwalior on Monday. (HT photo)

A plastics park at an estimated cost of Rs 1,000 crore, besides a Central Institute of Plastics Engineering and Technology (CIPET), will be set up in Gwalior to develop the city as a plastics hub, Union minister Ananth Kumar announced on Monday.

Kumar said that while the Centre will bear the entire cost of developing the plastics park and the CIPET, the state government will provide the land for the same.

He made these announcements during a press conference in the city in the presence of Union minister of steel Narendra Singh Tomar, mayor Vivek Shejwalkar, state minister Maya Singh and others.

Gwalior, Kumar said, will be developed as a plastics hub with ancillary and processing units likely to come up after the setting up of the proposed park.

“Plastics industry has tremendous potential, and the Union government has plans to develop it along the lines of the information technology industry. Plastics technology will be a new buzzword and important contributor towards economic growth of the country,” said Kumar, the minister for chemicals and fertilizers in the Modi government.

The minister said the demand and supply gap for skilled manpower in the plastics industry will be filled by various CIPETs, and one such institute will be set up at Gwalior shortly.

About 70 acres of land will be required for the plastics park and 10 acres for the institute.

Highlighting his ministry’s performance, Kumar said the urea-DAP supply chain and the production capacity utilisation have improved significantly over a year and half.

With the pre-positioning mechanism (advance stocking in warehouses by state governments) in place, there was no crisis of fertilizer availability, as encountered earlier during the UPA regime, he said, adding that the Union government had evolved a new urea policy with the aim of becoming self-reliant.

Ananth takes dig at Manmohan, Rahul

Later, addressing a function of party workers, Kumar criticised the previous Congress-led UPA government for its “anti-people” policies. Taking a dig at Congress leaders, he said former Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh’s body language and style of hand waving was like “neutral gear”, while PM Narendra Modi remains in “top gear”. Other Congress leaders, including party vice president Rahul Gandhi, Digvijay Singh etc, have reverse gear gesture, he said.

Kumar said the Congress party belonged to one family, while the BJP was one family comprising its party workers and leaders.

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