Over 3,600 industrial units set up in Himachal in four years

Shimla, Jan 1 (IANS) A total of 3,659 industrial units were set up in Himachal Pradesh with an investment of Rs.3,581 crore in the past four years, an official statement said on Sunday.

In addition, the state-level single window clearance and monitoring authority has approved 283 industrial enterprises involving investments worth Rs.13,262 crore, it said.

It said loans of Rs.23.93 crore were distributed to the youth to start their self-employment ventures.

To attract industrial investment, ‘Industry by Invitation’ has been the motto of the state. In addition, an investment promotion cell has been created in the state Industries Department to drive new investments in the state.

Three state-of-the-art industrial areas are being developed in Una, Kangra and Solan districts, said the statement, adding that world-class facilities would be provided in these industrial areas to the entrepreneurs for setting up their ventures.

The government said for developing the industrial area at Kandrori in Kangra district, a sum of Rs 88.05 crore has been allocated by the government. Likewise, Rs 95.77 crore would be spent on developing an industrial area at Pandoga in Una district.

A technology centre is coming up at Baddi in Solan district at a cost of Rs 102 crore and is intended to provide technological support and tooling facilities to micro, small and medium sector enterprises. It will also help in skill development and upgradation of unemployed youth.

To boost exports from the state, an inland container depot has been constructed at Baddi at a cost of Rs 14.42 crore. A trade centre has also been established there at an investment of Rs 10.81 crore as well as a warehouse at an outlay of Rs 26.89 crore.