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Centre okays leather cluster for Jalandhar

Union industries and commerce minister Anand Sharma today announced that the Centre would soon set up a mega leather cluster in Jalandhar at a cost of Rs 125 crore to boost the leather industry in the region.

chandigarh Updated: Jul 20, 2012 00:17 IST
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Union industries and commerce minister Anand Sharma on Thursday announced that the Centre would soon set up a mega leather cluster in Jalandhar at a cost of Rs 125 crore to boost the leather industry in the region.


Sharma, who held a meeting with Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal here, informed the latter that the upcoming cluster was among the seven approved to be set up by the department of industrial promotion and policy.

The union minister also announced that a cold storage facility would be provided at the cargo terminal of the upcoming Mohali international airport to boost the export of vegetables, fruits and live-saving drugs. He also announced to revive the Dhariwal Woollen Mill at Dhariwal (Gurdaspur) as the ministry of textiles had already taken in-principle decision to run it through the National Textile Corporation.

Badal said he was highly indebted to the union minister for visiting Punjab along with central officers to resolve long-pending issues of the state related to the ministry of industry, commerce and textiles.

Conceding the state's demand for the completion of a common effluent treatment plant (CETP) at a cost of Rs 437 crore to treat effluents discharged by the dyeing industry in Ludhiana, Sharma said he had constituted a high-level committee that would visit Ludhiana in the next two weeks and submit a report to him so that a decision could be taken on the project.

Demanding direct export of kinnow to Bangladesh via the land route of Kolkata, Badal also sought the union minister's intervention to curb the malpractice of distress sale and subsequent exploitation of kinnow growers of the state by local traders.

In response, Sharma asked the director general, foreign trade, Kolkata, to resolve the issue at the earliest to pave the way for the smooth export of kinnow directly from Punjab, a spokesman said.

On Punjab's demand for the export of wheat to Pakistan, Afghanistan and other countries via the Attari border, the union minister said the matter was being taken up with the Pakistan government.

Badal reiterated that export from India to Pakistan through the Attari integrated check post was restricted to only 137 items, in contrast to 6,000 items exported from the Mumbai port to Karachi. The union minister said the matter was already under active consideration of both countries and he was hopeful of a positive outcome.