Salathia for compatibility between industry and environment

Khunmoh, Dec 9: The Minister for Industries and Commerce, Surjit Singh Salathia, Thursday called for compatibility between industry and environment and stressed for implementation of pollution con...

Khunmoh, Dec 9: The Minister for Industries and Commerce, Surjit Singh Salathia, Thursday called for compatibility between industry and environment and stressed for implementation of pollution control norms during establishment of industrial units.
Addressing young entrepreneurs and officials of State Industrial Development Corporation at Khunmoh Industrial Estate, he said, "We have to have compatibility between industry and environment.
We can not establish industry at the cost of environment."
Salathia directed the SIDCO officials to enhance plantation in and around industrial estate. "Green patches should be around the industrial units for maintaining the ecological balance in the industrial estate," he said.
He underscored the need for adherence to the pollution control norms strictly by the entrepreneurs so that the process of industrialization is not at the cost of the environmental issues.
For revival of defunct industrial units and the development of the industrial sector, he said government was contemplating to waive off interests over the loan taken by the defaulters.
Salathia said his priority was to encourage the local industrialists for investments. "We will encourage our own people. Outsiders come, invest and leave. Godrej, Hindustan Leaver and other companies invested here. But they later quit because they don't have stakes here," he said. Salathia announced additional Rs 80 lakhs for the development of the Industrial Estate and a subsidy of Rs 25,000 on procurement of electric generators to each unit holder.
On his visit to review the developmental process of the phase III of the Khunmoh Industrial Estate, Salathia was informed by SIDCO officials that 700 kanals of land had already been developed and the work on road network, water distribution system and electrification was at advance stage of completion.
Salathia issued instructions to the Industries Department for speedy disposal of identification and acquisition of further 1000 kanals of land for expanding the estate.
He issued instructions to the officials of the Industry Department to make the registration process of the new entrepreneurs flexible. "Registration of investors should be done within seven days. If anyone's file gets stuck in the department, he should call me and the guilty officer will be shown the door," he said.
Salathia also visited some of the Food Processing units in the existing Food Park. Salathia appreciated the efforts of the entrepreneurs in establishing these units which not only provide livelihood to the promoters themselves but also to a number of unemployed youth. He was informed that few existing Food Processing units were also involved in export of some of the products.
Speaking on the occasion, President Federation Chamber of Industries Kashmir, Shakeel Qalandar, underscored the need for establishing of Eco Sensitive Zones in the industrial estates.
He said, "SIDCO is manning the phase III of the Khunmoh Industrial Estate. They should take care of plantations."
Qalandar said industry had never been averse to the environment. "We are pro-environmentalists not pseudo-environmentalists. We can not establish industry at the cost of environment," he said.
The Managing Director SIDCO, Muhammad Muazzam, revealed that 581 kanals of land had been allotted to 376 units. He said, "The cumulative investments to be mobilized through these units shall be more than Rs 100 crores. It was expected that employment avenues shall be created for at least 1500 persons after these units would come to production." Muazzam said that land had been identified for setting up of a Dispensary by Employees State Insurance Corporation through the Labour Department.
Salathia later distributed land allotment letters among some of the prospective entrepreneurs.
The minister was accompanied by the joint director Industry and Commerce, Bilal Ahmad, and General Manager Kashmir, SIDCO, S R Qadri.

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