It is possible to provide D-plus zone benefits to Nashik: Desai


Satpur : Various concessions will be given to industries that invest in D-plus zone in the industrial areas situated in tribal belts, declared state Industries Minister Subhash Desai in a meeting organised at Mumbai yesterday to discuss organisation of Make in Nashik. A report on this will be sought and decision on it will be announced soon, he informed.

Industrialists had demanded that subsidy for electricity and special concession scheme for mega projects given to Nandurbar and Aurangabad be made applicable to tribal areas like Peth, Surgana, Dindori and Trimbakeshwar talukas in the district. Desai was replying to this.

A review meeting regarding ‘Make in Nashik’ which is to be held in Mumbai on May 30 and 31 was conducted in presence of state Industries Minister Subhash Desai and District Guardian Minister Girish Mahajan at the District Guardian Minister’s residence ‘Shivneri’. MP Hemant Godse was also present.

Additional director in directorate of industries Vikas Jain has been appointed as nodal officer for Make in Nashik during the meeting which was held under the state Industries Minister. Marketing officer Pankaj Mankame has been appointed for coordination of this project at government level.

Large scale industries, embassy officials from various countries and export agencies will be invited jointly by the Industries Minister and District Guardian Minister.

The Industries Minister issued instructions for samples of Memorandums of Understanding signed under Make in India and Make in Maharashtra to be given to NIMA. He also assured publicity to this project through state government’s information and broadcasting ministry and expressed his aim to conduct a media briefing regarding this in Mumbai soon.

A review meeting will be conducted every week to take information about progress of the work, assured the Industries Minister.

President of Make in Nashik Madhukar Bramhankar, vice president of NIMA Mangesh Patankar, honorary general secretary Uday Kharote, secretary Dnyaneshwar Gopale, regional MIDC officer Hemangi Patil, General Manager of district industries centre P D Rendalkar and joint director B S Joshi took part in the discussions.

Meanwhile, both Ministers assured that they would take special efforts to bring central government’s paper mill project for currency note press and railway workshop to Nashik while replying to a question asked by MP Hemant Godse.

MP Godse also suggested that the IT park land be given to youths from IT sector at reasonable rent for start-ups and the rent be hiked after some period. Taking a positive stand over this, Minister Desai ordered regional MIDC official Hemangi Patil to table a report about this immediately.