GUWAHATI, Jan 20 - With the Global Investors Summit round the corner, the State government is planning a land bank of over 6,000 acres and an industrial corridor stretching over 80 km from Guwahati to Tihu to cater to the needs of the investors, State Industry Minister Chandra Mohan Patowary said here today.
Interacting with mediapersons, Patowary said that as land and power are important criteria for investors, the State government has prepared a land bank, consisting of the land and buildings of closed industrial units like APOL, Baruabamungaon sugar mill, silk and spun mill among others located all over the State. He assured that power would not be a problem for potential investors in the State.
Declaring that the coming business summit, which will be attended by business delegations from several foreign countries, besides top industrialists of the country like the Tatas, Ambanis and others, will be the first such initiative on the part of the State government to attract investors. Patowary said that a 80-km stretch from Guwahati to Tihu along the National Highway will be opened for industrial activity. Moreover, the AIDC�s 2,000-bigha plot of land at Nagarbera and another 1,000 bigha at Matia (Goalpara) are also on offer, he said.
�As per the decision of the government, agricultural land from 500 metres from the highway up to 1 km will be made available for industrial activity,� Patowary said.
Defending the working of his department, the Industry Minister said that he is trying to streamline the haphazard construction of buildings and machineries, lying around without any utilisation, by the previous regime. He expressed the hope that the proposed new industrial policy will bolster the confidence of the investors and entrepreneurs alike in the State in the coming days.