Inkel opens Standard Design Modules facility

State Industries Minister P.K. Kunhalikutty has categorically stated that the Government will promote only environment-friendly projects in the State.

“We have decided to say a firm ‘no’ to polluting industries. The Industries department has also decided not to promote such projects,” he said at a function to mark the inauguration of Standard Design Modules (SDM) facility set up by Inkel at Angamali near here.

Screening on

He said screening of the project proposals presented at the Emerging Kerala meet is on and the Government will publish the list of cleared projects in December.

The list will contain only those projects that are non-polluting and do not harm the environment in anyway, the Minister said.

The Government, he said, will explore all avenues, including the PPP mode, to create more infrastructure facilities for non-polluting industries.

Vertical growth

Since the availability of land is limited in the State, he stressed on the need to promote facilities such as SDM that can grow vertically. This is the trend world over and the State must follow it, he said, adding that such facilities will be able to host units which will create a lot of jobs.

Jose Thettayil, MLA, who presided, complimented the Minister for his attempts to create a consensus on industrial policy.

Emphasising the need for continuity in policies of previous governments, he said, “It is controversies rather than industries that grow in the State. This trend should be reversed.”

SDM Angamaly holds 2 lakh sq ft of space in five floors, with individual modules of 5,000 sq ft each. Entrepreneurs can lease or rent one or more of these 39 modules and use the modular facilities to suit their particular business.

The facilities are ideal for non-polluting industries such as electronics, avionics, apparels, light engineering, printing and publishing, warehousing and logistics, IT/ITeS, banking and a host of other service sector businesses and units.

With a view to the future, Inkel is also getting a second SDM complex done over 3 lakh sq ft, which will be ready for allotment by January 2014.

sajeevkumar.v@thehindu.co.in

(This article was published on November 25, 2012)
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