Arunachal Govt and Railways plan to set up cold storages

The Arunachal Pradesh government is planning to establish Cold Storage facilities jointly with Indian Railways in the state to facilitate agriculture and horticulture marketing and food processing.

Chief Minister Nabam Tuki during his recent NEC Plenary meeting at New Delhi had raised the issue of setting up of cold storage facilities, an official communique said here today.

As a follow up measure, a team of officers from Container Corporation of India Limited (CONCOR) and the officials of Fresh & Healthy Enterprises Limited (a Subsidiary of CONCOR) from the Ministry of Railways has met the state Chief Secretary recently to have preliminary discussion.

It was observed that three places namely Naharlagun, Ruksin (Pasighat) and Bhalukpong would be ideal for setting up of cold storage facilities due to proximity to the railway head, the communique said.

To begin with, survey and investigation besides preparation of Detailed Project Report (DPR) would be initiated for setting up of cold storage facilities at Naharlagun, near railway station.

The state government would provide land as well as capital subsidy under the central schemes and construction, while operation and maintenance would remain with the Container Corporation of India.

An MoU in this regard is likely to be finalized in coming months.

Director, Trade & Commerce has been nominated as nodal officer for the project, it added.