GUWAHATI, March 7 � The State Industry Department has already mapped resources for cluster-based industries, as, the State has no big plots of land to offer to the big industrial units. A big industry needs around 3,000 bighas of land, where as they can employ some hundreds of people directly as has been done by the Gas Cracker Project by directly absorbing 600 people.
Stating Industries Minister Pradyut Bordoloi told the State Assembly today that while a textile park is coming up at Sipajhar near the Prag Bosimi Synthetics Ltd, the Industry Department has decided to set up a banana park between Rongjuli and Dhupdhara in the southern bank. Three food parks have also been sought to be set up. Two of them would be located at Tihu and Chaygaon, while one of them would be located in a Upper Assam location.
The Minister, who was replying to the debate on the demand for grant of Rs 600.04 lakh of his Department, also said one jute processing unit is also being set up at Dhing and other one such processing unit is being set up at Kharupetia, while a plastic park is coming up at Gela Pukhuri in Tinsukia district.
The traditional fire works industry of Barpeta will be modernized and a cluster-based industry will be set up. Plans are also afoot to set up such cluster-based industry on Assamese jewellery.
A water hyacinth fibre-based industry is planned to be set up at Dhubri and for the purpose of setting up this industry, the Department needs the above amount, the Minister said.
Water hyacinth fibre is used to manufacture various items and in European countries these items are well received. In Goalpara and Morigaon districts of the State, around 600 women are engaged in this industry. Common facility centres are sought to be set up based on this fibre industry and the fibre has the potential to absorb many job seekers, the Minister said.