Dehradun, October 25
Uttarakhand Chief Minister Vijay Bahuguna laid the foundation stone of Sitarganj SIDCUL Phase-II project today. He said that SIDCUL Phase-II would be instrumental in the overall development of the state and employment generation, and an investment of Rs 300 crore would be made in developing the infrastructure in SIDCUL Phase-II, which would in turn generate a profit of Rs 1000 crore.

Chief Minister Bahuguna asserted that the land allocated to SIDCUL Phase-II was not of farmers but belonged to the state government. He said that this land was meant for developing industries with the aim to generate employment for the youth to check migration. He maintained that the development of industries would result in the growth of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
Bahuguna said that for the extension of industry, an Indo-German Tool Room unit would be established at Sitarganj with an investment of Rs 100 crore.
Chief Minister Bahuguna said that the government was serious towards the welfare of the workers, and to avoid their exploitation, their salaries would be paid through cheques. He reiterated that APL card holders would be given 10 kg rice at subsidised rates and unemployment allowance would be distributed in the state from November 9 onwards.
Stating that despite surplus power in Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand had to give power to it though it was running short of power itself. He said that the Centre would be approached in a bid to discontinue the practice. The power generation was stagnant since the last five years. On the contrary, the demand had increased by 10 per cent. “To meet the shortage of power, focus is being given to rejuvenate defunct power projects,” he said.
Bahuguna said that despite increase in the prices of diesel and petrol, the state government had reduced VAT, which had checked inflation.
The SIDCUL Phase-II is spread over 2413.14-acre land, which will include regional offices, guest houses, helipad and community bhavan.
The Chief Minister also laid the foundation of 21 roads and 3 bridges with a budget pegged at Rs. 1233 lakh, and flood safety work under PWD with a budget slated at Rs 466 lakh.
Also present on the occasion were MP, KC Singh Baba, Finance Minister Indira Hridayesh, Irrigation Minister Yashpal Arya, Minister Mantri Prasad Naithani, Hairsh Chandra Durgapal, Saket Bahuguna, Saurabh Bahuguna, Sanjiv Arya, Chief Secretary Alok Kumar Jain and Principal Secretary Rakesh Sharma. 

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