Five years after the schemes were mooted, work on the industrial cluster projects coming up in and around Indore are still moving at snail’s pace.
After a prolonged delay in identification of suitable land, the foundation stone for developing three major clusters — namkeen, pharma and apparel — was laid in October 2012, but the projects are yet to take off.
The reason, say sources, is delay in preparation and approval of detailed project report (DPR) followed by further delay in selection of a consultant for supervision and quality control of infrastructural development works.
"Apart from other factors, the entire process was delayed due to model code of conduct coming into force twice, first due to state elections and then due to general elections earlier this year," a state industry department official told HT.
At present, the status of the projects is that the DPR is ready and the consultants have been appointed. The infrastructure works are expected to take at least 18 months more.
The namkeen (salty snacks) cluster will help in promoting small and medium industries by increasing the export opportunities and making the namkeen produced in Indore famous around the globe. The cluster aims to nearly double the annual turnover of namkeen industry in Indore from Rs 600 crore to Rs 1,000 crore in three years. The quality of the food will be as per the Food and Safety Act 2011 standards. A quality test laboratory will also be built for this purpose.
Besides, cold storage, warehouse, piped gas line, RO water plant, and employee training centre will also come up. The cluster is being developed on 12.71 acres of land with an investment of Rs 10 crore and an additional Rs 10 crore for common area facilities.
A pharma herbal cluster is coming up on 55 acre land in Bijepur under Depalpur near Indore. The pharma cluster also aims to promote small and medium scale industry and increase their market share which is only 10% as compared to large industry. The state government will spend about Rs 10 crore to develop the common area facilities. The apparel park is also coming up on 55 acre land in Bijepur and the project consultant has been appointed.
However, the success of pharma and apparel clusters will depend on the amenities that are provided on the premises as the cluster is about 37 km from Indore city.