Coming up: Food processing hub in Saharanpur
PILAKHNI, A rather lesser known region of Saharanpur district in Uttar Pradesh, is gearing up to emerge as a major food processing hub of the northern region.
Thanks to a public-private initiative taken by the Uttar Pradesh State Industrial Development Corporation (UPSIDC) and the Indian Industries Association (IIA) , Saharanpur Chapter, a new industrial estate is coming up in Pilakhni region.
“Food processing” is its thrust area for industrial development.
The UPSIDC had already allocated 115 plots in the Pilakhni area out of 545 earmarked for setting up of mainly food processing units in the new industrial estate, IIA general secretary (Saharanpur Chapter) Ajay Sharma told the Hindustan Times. The food processing units are expected to benefit from a major ‘mango belt’ spread in 40 hectares of land in the Behat region of Saharanpur district. There, mangoes are available at Rs 2 per kg. The Department of Horticulture had already set up a camp office in Behat to effectively market the “Nawab” brand of mangoes, he said.
The entrepreneurs in Sahranpur are also expected to gain from a “single window system” for clearances. The system has been developed for the first time under the public-partnership initiative.The IIA’s Sahranpur Chapter and the Union Ministry of SSI had set up an office in Sahranpur to help entrepreneurs establish their units in Pilakhni region, Sharma said.
The entire infrastructure cost for setting up the office is being borne by the Ministry of SSI. This includes provision of 24-hour internet facility and salaries to employees posted at the new office. The entrepreneurs in Pilakhni region expect to achieve exports of food processing products to the tune of Rs 2,000 crore by 2016.
“Wood carving” activities of furniture makers are also being promoted aggressively. The furniture makes were being asked to take plots in the new UPSIDC industrial area in Pilakhni, Sharma added.