Uttar Pradesh Government will Set Up An Industrial Parks For MSME- Micro, Small, Medium Enterprises (MSME’s) in six of its most industrialized districts including Varanasi, Kanpur, Agra, Gorakhpur, Moradabad and Azamgarh and has invited proposals from consultants for it.
The Uttar Pradesh Government has also started work on the Detailed Project Report (DPR) for the proposed 601 Km length Long-Expressway between Meerut and Prayagraj. After the relaxation in the eligibility criteria for the MSME sector for the Rs 3 lakh-crore credit guarantee scheme that was announced in May as part of the ‘Aatmnirbhar Bharat’ package and changed the definition of MSME.
The Indian States have also been encouraged to empower the MSME’s to boost the economy in recovering the loss caused by the lockdowns. In line with this, the UP government has decided to set up MSME parks in Varanasi, Agra, Kanpur, Moradabad, Gorakhpur, and Azamgarh. The state has the largest number of MSM units in the country at 14%.
A July 29 Document inviting consultants for the same project says industrialization in these districts has taken place in an unorganized way due to which the existing industries are facing problems.
“The objective is to develop state-of-the-art integrated industrial parks in the vicinity of existing clusters that fulfill the requirement in areas of technology enhancement and physical infrastructure, provide an industrial ecosystem to the existing units of the clusters, increases export, strengthen the supply chain, leverage the hidden strengths to expand inclusive development agenda and increase employment opportunities,” says the document, inviting consultants for the project.
The document also lists the problems faced by Micro, Small and Medium units such as the Silk industry in Varanasi, the leather industry in Kanpur and Agra, metal craft in Moradabad and textile industry in Azamgarh and Gorakhpur–saying the industrial units are either scattered or have become a core part of the city, which has expanded over time and there is no common facility available due to lack of space.
Mentioning the example of Varanasi, the document says the city has generated up to Rs 4,500 crore annually from the sale of silk products, but the industry still uses traditional ways to dye cloth and faces the issue of discharging the water.
Uttar Pradesh has also started the process of DPR for its most aspiring expressway project which will connect Meerut with Prayagraj through a six-lane, 601 km-long roads passing through the districts of Ghaziabad, Hapur, Bulandshahar, Amroha, Sambhal, Badaun, Shajahanpur, Hardoi, Unnao, Raibareli, and Pratapgarh.
Consultants were invited on 1st August for a road safety audit at the stage of the DPR for its project which is expected to prompt industrial growth and high-speed connectivity in the state. Uttar Pradesh already had the 302km-long Agra-Lucknow Expressway and has also started construction of the 340km-long Purvanchal Expressway, 296km-long Bundelkhand Expressway, and the 91km-long Gorakhpur Link Expressway.