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Polluting industries will not be allowed: Chief Minister

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He says Government will take action against them



BOOM: Chief Minister V.S. Achuthanandan laying the foundation stone for the Kinfra Integrated Textile Park at Kanjikode on Friday. Electricity Minister A.K. Balan and Industries Minister Elamaram Karim are also seen.

PALAKKAD: Chief Minister V.S. Achuthanandan has said that his Government will not allow industries that pollute the environment and affect the health of the people in the State.

Laying the foundation stone for a 350-acre Kinfra Integrated Textile Park at Kanjikode on Friday, the Chief Minister said that action was taken against Coca-Cola and Pepsi Cola as they polluted the environment and their products contained poisonous substances that affected the health of the people. The Government will not give any help to such industries and take steps to stop their functioning.

The Chief Minister said there were 36 steel rerolling and smelting units in Kanjikode that polluted the environment of the area. There are complaints from local people against them and the Government will take stern action against them. At the same time, the Government will give all help to non-polluting industries for their development in the State.

Boost to Kanjikode

He said the textile park would give a big boost to the development of the Kanjikode industrial belt and the textile industry as a whole. The park will have units connected with various process of the textile sector.

Mr. Achuthanandan said the park would provide employment to 15,000 people and some industrialists had come forward to set up units there. The Government will provide infrastructure and other facilities for them.

IT park

In his presidential address, Industries Minister Elamaram Karim said that an IT park was being set up on 150 acres of land adjacent to the textile park. Steps are being taken to revive some of the closed units in Kanjikode.

The Government's new industrial policy has started yielding results and some of the closed units such as Thiruvannur Cotton Mill in Kozhikode, Thiruvananthapuram Spinning Mill, Keltron Counters, etc., are getting revived. Electricity Minister A.K. Balan; N.N. Krishnadas, MP; Principal Secretary, Industries and Commerce, T. Balakrishnan; Kinfra Managing Director A.S. Suresh Babu; and Investment Promotion Secretary P.H. Kurian; spoke.

Renewable energy

Earlier, the Chief Minister inaugurated a Renewable Energy and Rural Technology Centre of the Agency for Non-conventional Energy and Rural Technology (Anert) at Kuzhalmannam. He also inaugurated a modernised cattle feed factory of Milma at Malampuzha. The Chief Minister inaugurated a Language Lab of the Palakkad Cooperative Arts and Science College at Olavakkode and the Maruthrode Panchayat Service Cooperative Bank.

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