Jan 21, 2019
Union Food Processing minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal, urged Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh in a letter to intervene and expedite completion of PAIC’s mega food park in Ludhiana.
Badal said that the work on the Punjab Agro Industries Corporation mega food park at Ladhowal in Ludhiana was “delayed inordinately” and that officials should be directed to complete the balance work at the earliest to add value to farm produce and create much-needed job opportunities for youth.
In a review meeting taken by Badal at the park site on January 11 revealed that PAIC had not been able to come out with a tender for spiral freezer and dehydration line for seven months and that the same had been tendered two days before her visit.
This is the first park of the Ministry of Food Processing Industries in which a private unit will come up even before the park becomes operational, but the minister insisted that no progress was being made despite the fact that she had held regular meetings to monitor the work and even kept the chief minister posted about the same.
Badal said similarly the organisation took six months to decide it needed to change the components of the dehydration line.