Industrially under-developed North Eastern state of Arunachal Pradesh will soon get a ‘Greenfield Industrial Corridor’ as the Centre has agreed in principle to provide assistance of Rs 75 crore for the project.
Union industry minister Anand Sharma assured Arunachal chief minister Nabam Tuki when the latter met him in New Delhi recently.
“Due to resource crunch, the industrial growth had been at snail’s speed in the state. But with the assurance for Green Field Industrial Corridor by the Union minister, the industrial growth could be visible in the state in days to come,” said Tuki.
Responding to one of Tuki’s demands, Sharma assured the chief minister to carry out an “extensive study” in the state to gauge the feasibility of cultivating tea, rubber and spices.
Sharma also said that a meeting of chief ministers of North Eastern states would be convened “shortly” to discuss the “prospects of the Look East Policy of the Centre.” The meeting, added Sharma, would discuss reviving of border trades with Myanmar, Bhutan and Tiber and also infrastructural development in border areas.
The Arunachal government has also demanded the centre for funds for development of capital city Itanagar and ‘integrated flood and river management’ project.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh also assured Tuki that Arunachal Pradesh would not suffer due to fund crunch as externally aided projects are being currently blocked by China.