Science city to be set up near Shimla – Mukesh Agnihotri

Shimla: The State Industrial Development Corporation (SIDC) has drawn up plans to set up a science city at Shogi, near Shimla.  The aim is to promote the culture of innovation and competitiveness of businesses associated and knowledge-based institutions that would be established in the science city.

World over science cities have been encouraging and supporting the start up culture which is led by innovation to achieve high-growth, knowledge based businesses. Shogi, a township near the capital city Shimla, has been selected as the site for setting up a science city to encourage investments that would provide new learning and job opportunities for the people in the state.

Science CityThe Industries Minister, Mr Mukesh Agnihotri, said, “The work on science city coming up at Shoghi would be executed by SIDC.”

He added that SIDC would soon be adopting customized e-procurement for facilitating transparent and effective e-auctioning and e-tendering.

This announcement was made during the 246th Meeting of Board of Directors of H.P. State Industrial Development Corporation, 194th Meeting of BoDs of General Industries Corporation, 166th Meeting of BoDs of H.P. State Handicrafts and Handloom Corporation Ltd. and 218th Meeting of BoDs of H.P. Khadi and Village Industries Board which was held here today under the Chairmanship of Mr Mukesh Agnihotri, Industries Minister.Agnihotri Meeting

While presiding over the meeting of BoD of State Industrial Development Corporation, Mr Agnihotri revealed that the State Industrial Development Corporation was working on the projects worth Rs 617 crore. He informed the BoD about the three new Industrial Estates which are scheduled to be established at Kandrauri in Kangra district, Pandoga in Una district, Dabota in Solan district with a capital investment of around Rs. 450 crore.

The minister also announced the plans of HPSIDC in executing major civil works of Education, Technical Education, Horticulture, Animal Husbandry and Fisheries Departments. He said that the Corporation was targeting to execute works worth Rs. 100 crore per year and was executing civil works worth Rs. 38 crore under Sarv Shiksha Abhiyan besides civil works of six ITIs worth Rs. 7 crore, all of which are already underway.

The proceeding of the meetings was conducted by Mr SS Guleria, Managing Director, SIDC and non- official members of the BoD also gave their valuable suggestions. Vice Chairman of SIDC Mr Atul Sharma while welcoming the Industries Minister detailed various activities of the Corporation and urged the minister to fill up functional posts in the Corporation at the earliest to ensure effective functioning.

Agnihotri later also presided over the BoD meeting of General Industries Corporation (GIC). He divulged that GIC had registered sales worth Rs. 2844.13 lakh thereby earning a profit of Rs.425.66 lakh up to September this year. The Minister went on to acknowledge that the Government wants to fill on priority basis all the functional posts in the Corporation so that work would not suffer for want of staff.

Among the major decisions taken at the meeting the Board of Directors decided to outsource security work of country liquor bottling plant at Mehatpur. Mr SN Sharma Company Secretary conducted the proceedings of the meeting with the non -official members of the BoD also participated in the discussions.

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