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Himachal government approves industrial proposals worth Rs.10,879 crore

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Shimla: The Himachal Pradesh government has approved 75 new industrial proposals and cleared 122 expansion projects in two-and-half years, an official said on Sunday.

These newly approved proposals and projects would draw an investment worth Rs.10,879.19 crore, said an official statement here.

The new and expansion proposals would provide employment to over 20,402 people, the statement said.

Multinational companies like United Biotech Pvt. Ltd, Reliance, Mahavir Spinning Mills, Torrent Pharmaceuticals and Himalaya Alkalies & Chemicals Limited have set up their units in the state,  it said.

Ranbaxy Laboratories Ltd, Su-Kam Power Systems Ltd, Procter and Gambles Ltd, Johnson and Johnson Ltd, Mankind Pharma Ltd, Havells India Ltd, Abbott Healthcare Ltd, Torque Pharmaceuticals and Dabur India Ltd have expanded their existing units.

To ensure time-bound clearances for industrial proposals, the government has set up a state-level Single Window Clearance and Monitoring Authority.

“The government has introduced a common application for seeking approval of setting up industries and the approval will be granted within 45 days,” said the spokesperson.

“The investors’ meet has yielded good results as 104 projects worth Rs.4,189.07 crore has been approved by the government. These projects have been given time of two years to seek statutory approvals from the government,” he said.

Several incentives like electricity duty for the specified extra high tension category consumers have been reduced to 13 percent from 15 percent.

Even the electricity duty for the existing medium and large Industries, except extra high tension units, has been reduced by two percent from 13 percent.

For any existing small industry,  the electricity duty has been reduced to five percent from seven per cent and any new small industry would now be required to pay only one percent electricity duty for five years.

The government is developing three state-of-the-art industrial hubs in Una, Kangra and Solan districts.

Official data shows that Himachal Pradesh got maximum investment from 2003 to 2010 when there was a special industrial package of the central government. Most investments were in pharmaceutical, food processing, textile, packaging and light engineering sectors.

(IANS)

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Heavy Snowfall Expected Across Himachal Pradesh

Shimla recorded the minimum temperature at 3.7 degrees Celsius, while it was 0.6 degree in Manali and 2.8 degrees in Dharamsala

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Moderate to heavy snowfall may occur across Himachal Pradesh in the next one-two days, the Met Office said on Wednesday.

Residents and tourists have been advised not to venture in the high hills as snapping of road links are high.

The supply of essential commodities and transportation of people may get hampered in remote areas of the state, a government official told IANS.

Hills of Shimla, Kullu, Mandi, Sirmaur, Chamba, Lahaul-Spiti and Kinnaur districts are likely to experience moderate to heavy snowfall from January 4-6, an official of the meteorological office here told IANS.

He said the western disturbances — storm systems originating from Caspian Sea and moving across the Afghanistan-Pakistan region — are likely to remain active in the region till January 9.

Avoid travelling as snow may block Himachal roads.

Most of the prominent tourist towns like Shimla, Narkanda, Kufri, Dalhousie and Manali are likely to have light to moderate spells of snowfall, he added.

Kalpa in Kinnaur district saw mild snowfall. It recorded a low of minus 3.4 degree Celsius.

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Keylong in Lahaul-Spiti district was the coldest place in the state with a low of minus 4.6 degree.

Shimla recorded the minimum temperature at 3.7 degrees Celsius, while it was 0.6 degree in Manali and 2.8 degrees in Dharamsala. (IANS)