Dehra Dun: The Centre today announced a Rs 250-crore package for Uttarakhand which includes a textile park, two spice parks and infrastructure facilities for boosting the horticulture sector.

The decision was taken after a meeting between Union Industries and Textile Minister Anand Sharma and Chief Minister Vijay Bahuguna. Industrialists from the State were also present.

harma told reporters that the package was estimated to cost Rs 250 crore.

Textile, spice park

He said, among others, approval has been given for setting up a textile park in Udhamsingh Nagar district with 40 per cent funding from the Centre.

Two spice parks have also been sanctioned for the hill state — one at Sitarganj in Udhamsingh Nagar and other at Majri Grant in Dehra Dun district. While the spice park at Sitarganj will be set up at 15 hectares, the park at Majri Grant will come up in 10 hectares.

The entire cost of Rs 15 crore for the two parks would be provided by the Centre, Sharma said. “Spices like ginger and turmeric are in good demand in national and international markets,” he said.

Textile skill training

The Centre would also set up a textile skill training programme in Uttarakhand at Rs 100 crore with 75 per cent funding. The rest will be met by the State.

Nearly 15,000 people will be trained at the centre in the next five years, Sharma said.

Besides two convention centres of international standards have been sanctioned in the hill state for holding seminars, exhibitions and meetings at Haridwar and Pantnagar.

It has been decided to set up these convention centres under the PPP mode with assistance from the State Government, the Centre and private partners.

“We have asked the State Government to send proposals for the final approvals,” Sharma added.

Other proposals

The Centre has also sanctioned two sheep and wool conservation centres at Uttarakashi and Rudraprayag districts, he said.

A road overbridge will be constructed for better movement of industrial goods at the industrial town of Pantnagar with the assistance of CONCORD. An inter-ministerial meeting will be convened for this purpose.

Sharma said the Centre would develop integrated cold storage chains in the hill state to boost the horticulture sector. Refrigerated transportation would be provided for these storages.

The Minister also discussed increasing investments and FDI in Uttarakhand.