21st Aug 2015: VIA : Interaction meet with Hon’ble Chief Minister, Union Ministers with Seminar on Plastics & Chemical Industries in Vidarbha :
“The State Government is planning to set up an Integrated Textile Park in each of the nine cotton producing districts of Vidarbha region,” the Chief Minister Shri Devendra Fadnavis disclosed. He was speaking as a chief guest at the inaugural session of a seminar on Plastics and Chemical industries in Vidarbha organised jointly by Vidarbha Industries Association and the Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilisers. Union Minister for Transport and Shipping, Shri Nitin Gadkari, Minister of State for Chemicals, Shri Hansraj Ahir, Maharashtra Minister for Energy & Renewable Energy, Shri Chandrashekhar Bawankule, Minister of State, Shri Ambarish Atram, Rajya Sabha Member, Shri Ajay Sancheti, Lok Sabha Member, Shri Krupal Tumane, MLAs, Shri Ashish Deshmukh, Shri Sameer Meghe and Secretary of Ministry of Chemicals and Fetilisers, Dr Surjeet Chaudhari, VIA President, Shri Atul Pande were seated on the dais. Shri Fadnavis said that Vidarbha was known as a cotton bowl and unless value addition on cotton is done here, Vidarbha cannot make any progress. To achieve this, the government has decided to set up an integrated textile parks in nine districts of Vidarbha region.
Taking a cue from Shri Hansraj Ahir’s speech, Shri Fadnavis also announced that government would indentify land for setting up a Petro Chemical and Plastics Industry and Research (PCPIR) in coastal region of western Maharashtra within 15 days. The CM also welcomed C&F Minister’s decision to set up centre of Central Institute of Plastics Engineering and Technology (CIPET) at Chandrapur, and also added that State Govt. also would put in all efforts to set up one more centre at Nagpur.
Apart from this, Government also would set up Plastic Technology Parks in collaboration with Union Government in Vidarbha region in order to create large number of jobs, CM announced.
Earlier, addressing the gathering, Shri Gadkari also said that unless the industry got uninterrupted and cheap power supply, Vidarbha would not make rapid progress. He also said that the PSU Mini Ratna company, MOIL which has manganese mines in Vidarbha, was planning to set up a Rs.1000 crore – Ferro Manganese unit – in Chhattisgarh only because power was cheaper by Rs.2 per unit. He also appealed to CM to initiate steps to retain MOIL unit in Vidarbha itself by assuring them cheaper power supply. He also said that MIHAN had a potential to create 50,000 jobs and appealed CM to persuade companies like Infosys, TCS, Boeing, etc. to complete their projects early. He also appealed to the CM to complete the International Airport Project faster and invite Aviation Companies to Vidarbha region. He also disclosed that an Automobile Battery Unit, which was 10 times cheaper than conventional batteries would be ready for commercial use in next six month and State Govt should exploit this opportunity fully to make available cheaper and pollution-free transportation, he also said.
Union MoS for Chemicals, Shri Hansraj Ahir said that Plastic Industry was extremely important because it can trigger growth in all sectors, ranging from agriculture to aero space. He also said that considering this importance the Chemicals and Fertilizers, Ministry has rolled out Plastics Technology Park Scheme under which developer got Rs.40 crore as subsidy and also finalized PCPIR Policy and was vigorously expanding network of CIPET in the country. Earlier in his speech, Shri Chandrashekhr Bawankule announced that in order to provide relief to industry, State Govt. has cut down its T&D losses and brought tariff down marginally. He also said that similarly Energy Ministry has also has issued a fiat under which all High Tension (HT) connections upto 2 KV load would be treated as Low Tension (LT) connections. VIA President Shri Atul Pande made a welcome speech and Past President Shri Pravin Tapadia conducted the proceedings and Hon Secretary Shri Rohit Agrawal proposed a vote of thanks. The inaugural session was followed by technical sessions, which was attended by large number of entrepreneurs from different industry sectors.