Apex committee approves first Mega Food Park for J&K


JAMMU: The Apex Project Clearance Committee (APCC) Friday under the Chairmanship of the Chief Secretary Mr Iqbal Khanday approved 12 projects in Medium and Large Sector mobilizing an investment of more than Rs. 370 crores . The projects will likely result in the creation of employment opportunities for approximately 3000 persons directly.

            The approved projects include the establishment of a Mega Food Park in SPV mode at a cost of Rs. 78.64 crores with a financial assistance of Rs. 50.00 crore from the Ministry of Food Processing Industry, Govt. of India, at IGC, Lassipora within an area of 400 kanals. The park will have a  Multi-purpose Cold Storage, Warehouse, Slaughter Facility for Sheep & Poultry, Pack-house/Service Unit, Quality Control Lab, Reefer Vans & Collection Vans, Effluent Treatment Plant as common facilities with built-up sheds for Micro & Small Enterprises etc.

            The Committee also cleared Four Integrated Controlled Atmosphere Cold Stores with  a capacity of 20,000 MTs and an envisaged investment of Rs. 180 crores with direct employment for 300 persons.  Four Industrial units were also approved for Jammu region with a cumulative investment of more than Rs. 100 crores.  The projects approved include the manufacturing of Tor Steel, Power Generator Sets, Fruit Juices, a Potato processing unit and a Diagnostic Centre.

             The Chief Secretary called for equitable development across all the regions of the state, keeping in mind the environments concerns. He gave strict instructions to the Pollution Control Board for ensuring preservation of the environment, while striving for development.

            The meeting was attended by Principal Secretary Planning & Development, Mr B. R. Sharma, Commissioner/Secretary Industries & Commerce Mr Shantmanu, Commissioner/Secretary Agriculture Production Mr Shaleen Kabra, Chairman PCB  Mr A.K.Tikoo, Director Industries & Commerce Kashmir Mr Mehraj-ud-Din Kinu, Director I&C Jammu Mr Gulzar Ahmad Qureshi, M.D SIDCO Mr Muhammad Muazzam, MD SFC MR A.R.Makroo and officers from Power and Finance department.

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