With a new industrial policy in place and an aggressive government plan to create a land bank for industry, Punjab will soon have a plastics park for polypropylene-based downstream industries, especially in the SME sector, near the Guru Gobind Singh Refinery, a nHPCL-Mittal Energy Limited (HMEL) project in Bathinda, as per Business Standard. According to HMEL officials, Punjab has the potential to attract an investment of Rs 3,000-4,000 crore in polypropylene-based downstream industries.
The state-of-the-art refinery in Punjab - a joint venture between Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited (HPCL) and Mittal Energy, a subsidiary of ArcelorMittal - has the capacity to produce 400,000 tpa of polypropylene.
Yashvir Mahajan, managing director of Punjab Small Industries & Export Corporation Ltd. (PSIEC), told Business Standard, "We are keen to promote polypropylene-based industries in the state. We have identified locations near the refinery and very soon a decision will be taken on the park. We already have 50 acres of land in our possession in the Industrial Focal Point at Bathinda. We have also identified 100 acres at a different site, which need to be acquired. Once the location is finalised, we will start work on setting up the plastics park to attract SMEs."
Mahajan added that that the new industrial policy, which is lucrative for SMEs, will act as a catalyst in attracting industry. Under the policy, new manufacturing units with a fixed capital investment (FCI) of Rs 1-10 crore will be eligible for retaining 50% of their value added tax (VAT) liability and 75% of their Central sales tax (CST) liability for seven years; for units having a FCI of Rs 10-25 crore these benefits would last for eight years.
Units with a FCI of Rs 25-100 crore will be eligible for retaining 60% of their VAT liability and 75% of CST liability, subject to a ceiling of 60% of FCI, for 10 years. This applies to new industry located in Zone I (less industrialised areas). Companies in Zone II (industrialised areas) with FCI of Rs 10-25 crore will be eligible for retaining 25% of their VAT liability and 50% of their CST liability for eight years, subject to a ceiling of 25% of their FCI; units with FCI of Rs 25-100 crore will be eligible for retaining 30% of their VAT liability and 50% of their CST liability, subject to a ceiling of 30% of their FCI, for 10 years.