‘Declare printing a household industry’

The master plan of Ludhiana is not prepared as per the laid down rules and regulations as against the recommended 30 per cent space for traffic movement in the city there is not more than 3.2 percent space available for this purpose. Hence, in future one has to face many traffic chokes because there are not enough roads to reach the proposed industrial areas and there is no space available to construct new roads. Again there is no space available to move the industry from the residential areas, it is therefore requested to allow the Printing Press units to run from the residential/mixed land as is done in New Delhi.This was stated by Kamal Chopra, general secretary of Offset printers association(OPA) in the executive committee meeting held recently.

In the meeting, the new district industry centre(DIC) GM Mahesh Khanna was welcomed while the previous GM Vishvbandhu was given a warm farewell.

President of OPA Parveen Aggarwal said,”printing and packaging is the second largest industry, focus should be given to the printing industry. There is hardly any growth in this sector for the past many years and many units have shifted to other states as well for want of more incentives. So DIC should convey the same to the state government who further should take up this matter with the centre government so as to give a breather to this sector.”

Industry members stated that there should be a single window system for the industry related problems because they have to go to many departments to get clearances done. Khanna stated that this is already in pipeline.

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Tags: Kamal Chopra, OPA, DIC, Mahesh Khanna

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