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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2611

Government plans to set up regional industrial parks in most difficult areas.

Sunil C. Perera, Reporting from Colombo

Colombo, 04 September, ( The Government of Sri Lanka and the Ministry of Industrial Development have decided to setup number of Regional Industrial Parks in selected areas to cater the local industrialists and create another thousand of employment for unemployed youth in the rural areas.

Additional secretary of the Ministry of Industrial Development Mr.R.V.D.Piyathilaka says these Industrial parks will be developed within next eight months.

According to the Additional Secretary, these parks will be setup in Puttalam, Trincomalee, Buttala, Pallegodawatta and Galigamuwa.

At present preliminary works of these parks have commenced and the ministry has already selected suitable industrial areas to allocate lands.

The Secretary said the ministry wants to allocate lands, which use local resources to manufacture various industrial products.

Trincomalee - Kappalturai Industrial park will allocate 10 hectares under the first stage of the project and the government plans to invest over 200 million rupees to develop basic infrastructure. Agriculture, Fisheries, Vegetable and fruit processing sectors will receive priority at this park.

All selected industrialists will receive buildings, lands, water, electricity, telephone and other necessary facilities to start their industries.

Mr.Piyathilaka also noted that Puttalam Industrial Park also cater another 15 industrialists under the phase one of the project. Development works are underway and the Ministry plans to allocate land plots for the selected industrialists within eight months.

According to the ministry sources, a timber related manufacturing industries will be located in the Buttala Industrial Park .At present the area produces raw timber for the timber related manufacturing plants in Colombo and the suburbs, but the rural youth in the area have already affected due to the non availability of employment.

The Government legislators of the area have proposed this park would be a value added manufacturing park for the timber related industries. After their suggestion , the Ministry of industrial Development have decided to start the Industrial Park and the Secretary said they plan to create over 1000 employment under the phase one of the park.

Mr.Piyathilaka said the government will spend over 150 million rupees for the project.

Meanwhile initial studies are underway to set up another two industrial parks in Galigamuwa and Pallegodawatta areas. After the studies, the Ministry of Industrial Development will forward a cabinet memorandum to obtain the government approval for these projects.

The main aim is to develop rural and difficult areas in Sri Lanka and create thousands of employment for the rural youth, Mr.Piyathilaka explained.

- Asian Tribune -

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