Industrialists seek extension of Eastern Freight Corridor

Amritsar: The industrialists in Indo-Pak trade sought upgradation of infrastructure at Attari Railway station to make it suitable for larger volume of Indo-Pak trade and suggested that Punjab Government should offer some special incentive to Pak nationals for setting up joint ventures in Punjab.

The industrialists shared their vision for the development of the industry of the border district with Punjab cabinet Minister Bikram Singh Majithia in the 2nd Annual CII Amritsar Zonal Council meet here on Sunday.

An array of demands and suggestions were put forth ranging from need for more international air connectivity, common effluent treatment plant for textile industry, research and development wing at GNDU for analysis of dyes and chemical besides 5 per cent rebate on electricity charges to the older textile units.

The demand for widening of roads, removal of encroachments, high tension cables in industrial areas to prevent supply failure, rationalisation of labour charges as Attari, imposing lesser pollution norms on residential colonies at compared to industries and infrastructural needs at Vallah Sabzi Mandi also figured in the meet.

Lending a keen ear, Mr Majithia assured all support to the industrialists. He said that the structure of industries across the length and breath of the State varies considerably, making it mandatory to look into area specific needs for proper growth and development of industries.

He informed that keeping this in mind Deputy CM Sukhbir Singh Badal has evolved a process of having a sustained dialogue with the key stakeholders.

He informed that in the first annual CII Amritsar Zonal Council meet the industrialists had raised the issue pertaining to the problem of construction in Vallah Sabzi Mandi (due to Army dump), problem posed by truck union at ICP, exemption of market fee on export of Agro products of Punjab besides RDF waiver on Basmati.

Briefing about the follow up, he said that the concerned issues were flagged to Deputy CM and by his active intervention they have been resolved. He revealed that at behest of industrialists, the existing structures in Vallah have been legalised and notification in this context has been issued and truck union has been dismantled.

Handing over the copy of notification, he informed that the market fee on export of Agro products has been waived off henceforth and rural development fund (RDF) cess, Punjab infrastructure development fund (PIDF) cess and market fee exemption on Basmati has also been approved.

He further assured that to boost the trade and industry in the border district of Amritsar, the need for extension of Eastern Freight Corridor to Attari would be taken up with Centre Government and a special meeting with Chairman Land Port Authority would be held to apprise him of the need to strengthen the infrastructure at Attari. Besides, the widening of various roads of the city has already been incorporated in the City Development Plan.

He added that the problems of the industrialists would be segregated (between those to be resolved at GoI and Govt of Punjab level) thereafter regular follow up would be done to resolve the same.

Mr Rajdeep Singh Uppal Chairman CII-Amritsar Zonal Council, Mr Gunbir Singh, Past President CII, Mr Kapil, Mr Pardeep Sehgal, Mr Kishan Sharma were amongst the prominent people who voiced the concerns of Amritsar Industry.