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KSIDC setting up `growth centre'

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THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, Nov. 12

THE Kerala State Industrial Development Corporation (KSIDC) is setting up a 270-acre `growth centre' at Cherthalai in Alapuzha district.

The growth centre will focus on silica-based industries and the first plot has been taken up by Malabar Cements Ltd. for its clinker-based projects.

According to Mr Ajaykumar, Director of Industries and Commerce, the State Government was also launching a `rural clusters development programme' for rubber industry in association with Entrepreneur Development Institute of Ahmedabad.

The cluster-based approach is designed to help small-scale industry face the challenges of liberalisation and globalisation. The proposed programme will involve `revitalisation and growth' of 25 to 30 select small-scale industrial units in Kottayam and E rnakulam districts.

Another major project in the pipeline is the high-tech park being set up by the Kerala Industrial Infrastructure Development Corporation (Kinfra) at Kalamassery, near Kochi. The project, part of the Government's efforts to make Kochi the next IT destinat ion in the State, will feature 120 lakh sq.ft. of developed area with facilities similar to those available at Technopark in Thiruvananthapuram.

Mr Ajaykumar said the Directorate of Industries was also developing 200 acres of land near Thrissur for industrial purposes. Already, a few enquiries had come up for taking plots there for setting up industries, he said.

The `invest meet' being held in Kochi by the Directorate on November 18 will highlight the projects, Mr. Ajaykumar said. The heads of all industrial promotional institutions and other agencies would be available for interaction with prospective investors in the State, he added.

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