The Himachal Pradesh government is all set to raise the issue of special industrial package to the state with the Centre on January 11.
Industries minister Mukesh Agnihotri along with industries officials will meet union commerce minister Anand Sharma and raise the long-pending demand of restoration of industrial package for the state.
Earlier in November 2013, chief minister Virbhadra Singh had raised this issue vigorously with the prime minister. Virbhadra urged to restore the special industrial package to the state till 2020 to expedite industrialisation process.
Industries department director Rajender Singh said the government had already submitted a proposal with the Centre to restore special industrial package for the state.
"A meeting is scheduled with the union industrial minister Anand Sharma on January 11 in New Delhi, and several issues regarding industrial development will be taken up," said Rajender, adding that restoration of the industrial package would also be in the agenda.
Special industrial package was given to Himachal Pradesh besides Uttrakhand and Jammu and Kashmir during the regime of Atal Bihari Vajpayee-led-National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government in 2003 for a period of 10 years, while it was withdrawn on March 31, 2010. Virbhadra had earlier blamed neighbouring states for opposing the special package to Himachal, citing migration of industries from the state.
Funding for other on-going projects will also be discussed in the meeting, official sources said. There are several projects going on across the state, such as three new industrial areas to be set up at Kandrodi in Kangra district, Pandoga in Una district and Dabhota in Solan
The government has decided to develop Kandrodi and Pandoga in the first phase. "Kandrodi industrial area will be set up at a cost of Rs 106 crore, while the cost of Pandoga industrial area is around Rs 100 crore," said Rajendra.
In other major projects, a technical park was proposed to be developed at Baddi at a cost of Rs 147 crore. Recently, the government had identified nearly 400 bigha of land near Jubbarhatti airport, Shimla, for the development of a new industrial area.
Union minister of commerce and industries Anand Sharma had announced several sops for the state during his September visit.
Under assistance to states for development of export infrastructure and other allied activities (ASIDE), the state had received Rs 13 crore as the first installment for improvement and strengthening of the Ajouli-Santokhgarh-Tahliwal road in Una district, against the sanctioned amount of Rs 15.15 crore.
The department had set up a container parking in Baddi with project cost of Rs 14.42 crore, while the Centre had sanctioned Rs 11.13 crore. Recently on January 5, the union government sanctioned Rs 15 crore for warehouse at container parking in Baddi, against the total estimated cost of Rs 26 crore under ASIDE.
The Centre also sanctioned Rs 12.34 crore for development of power system of 11 Kilovolt and 13 Kilovolt at Kala Amb.
Projects sanctioned under ASIDE
Project Cost Sanctioned from centre
Strengthening of road from Ajouli-Santokhgarh-Tahliwal 15.15 crore 13 crore
Container parking at Baddi 14.42 crore 11.13 crore
Warehouse at Baddi 26. 89 crore 15 crore
Development of power system in Kala Amb 12.34 crore 12.34 crore