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Himachal Pradesh to develop industrial towns on scientific lines

Himachal Pradesh Chief Secretary S S Parmar on Saturday said that the state was planning to develop industrial towns bordering Punjab, Haryana and Uttaranchal on the scientific lines to meet the and growing demands of residents infrastructural requirements due to heavy in industrialisation in these areas.

Parmar was addressing a Chief Secretaries’ Conference on “North Indian common economy” organised by PHD Chamber of Comemrce and industry of PHD house here today.

Parmar said that industrial township Baddi-Barotiwala will alone witness 1000 traffic vehicles daily in future.

“All such areas have registered rapid industrial growth due to successful implementation of new industrial policy which have put additional burden on existing infrastructure and civic amenities, which requires immediate redressal and formulation of long term policies for these areas to meet the growing future requirements and sustain growth of these areas,” he said.

Parmar requested the State Government to take necessary steps to ease the traffic congestion at Kala-Pinjore stretch and also construct Pinjore bye pass to divert the vehicular traffic in proper direction.

He also suggested the setting up of the hill council comprising states like Himachal, Jammu and Kashmir, Uttaranchal on the pattern of North Eastern Council to share the areas of expenditure and enhance development and co-operation among hill states to ensure optimum use of natural resources of the region.

He informed the meeting that Himachal Pradesh has already signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Uttranchal to share its expertise, know how and scientific research in case of horticulture, tourism etc. to help the new state.

He expressed the state’s willingness to share its expertise with other states in the region for prosperity and development of Northern states.

Parmar further said that the state has always followed central policies in various areas.

Himachal Pradesh has adopted various new economic policies in the areas like taxation, tourism and transport and also adopted Agriculture Produce Marketing Committee (APMC) Act by reducing the market fee from 2 percent to 1 percent, he said.

He congratulated PHD chamber President Sushma Berlia for convening the summit and taking various other initiatives and steps for fostering economic co-operation among Northern States.

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