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Posted at: May 16, 2018, 1:14 AM; last updated: May 16, 2018, 1:14 AM (IST)

Cattle feed firm’s expansion project getting delayed

Sukhmeet Bhasin

Tribune News Service

Bathinda, May 15

The expansion project of Cargill, a cattle feed production firm, is getting delayed as the municipal corporation has failed to get any reply from the Punjab Small Industries and Export Corporation (PSIEC) regarding a written reply on the price at which the land would be given to the company.

MCB secretary Vishal Wadhwan said, “We are awaiting a reply from the PSIEC and once we get any official communication, then a proposal to give land to Cargill company would be presented in the House meeting and after its approval the process of selling the land would start.”

It is pertinent to mention that officials of the Municipal Corporation Bathinda (MCB) held a meeting with the Punjab Small Industries and Export Corporation (PSIEC) official last month over the issue of giving 4.23 acres of land to Cargill at growth centre located on the Mansa road industrial growth centre.

At the meeting, Mayor Balwant Rai Nath, senior deputy mayor Tarsem Goyal, Commissioner Rishi Pal Singh, secretary Vishal Wadhawan, subcommittee members and PSIEC senior town planner from Chandigarh Sukhdev Singh were present.

They clearly told the town planner that the MC would give its land on the promise that they would get a rate of Rs 2,500 per sq yard and that too in one instalment and they wanted a written reply on this. The town planner assured them that their all issues had been resolved and within one week they would inform them in writing in this regard.

The MCB has 4.23 acres at Industrial Growth Centre. The Punjab State Industrial and Export Corporation (PSIEC) had allotted this land to the MCB long ago at a cost of Rs 825 sq yard.

Now, Cargill company has asked the state government for the land at a cost of Rs 2,500 sq yard as it is expanding its unit of cattle feed. The company has said the expansion would create jobs and bring development in the region.

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