SHIMLA: Investors are showing keen interest in setting up industrial units in diversified fields like solar energy, air taxi services and food park sector in Himachal Pradesh, says industries minister Mukesh Agnihotri, who was in Delhi for the two-days investor meet. He said the meet provided a fruitful platform to entrepreneurs and industrialists, who could discuss incentives and opportunities for establishing industries in the state.
He says chief minister Virbhadra Singh informed the industrialists about a host of measures initiated across various line departments to ensure ‘ease of doing business’ in the state and to make the services available online and ensure delivery of services in a time-bound manner.
Virbhadra said the objective is to put in place an efficient and hassle-free system of approvals. “We seek to achieve this by strengthening the ability of our government institutions to provide basic public services and by giving an increasing role to the market in the performance of various functions traditionally handled by the government,” he added.
Agnihotri said that Aero-Air Craft has shown interest in air services from Shimla to Delhi, Uber in taxi operation and many more in film and food processing sector. He said that during the meet, industrialists from within and outside India were informed that about the industry-friendly atmosphere in the state and about the simplifications of processes for establishing industries.
“They were told the state government has decided to freeze rates of electricity for industries till 2018. This decision will give tremendous boost to the industry, as electricity is basic necessity of the industry,” he added.
He said that along with tremendous scope for hydro power industry in the state, industrialists in solar sector have also approached for establishing units in this fast emerging sector. “Noted industrial house ‘Green Mantra’ has shown interest in the field of solar energy in the state,” he added.
“The state is known as hub of pharmaceutical units. A large number of investors has shown interest in production of bulk drugs in the state. This sector is going to attract a sizeable investment,” he said