Shimla: Several renowned industrial houses in Gujarat and Karnataka have evinced interest in setting up units in Himachal Pradesh.
The investment proposals were made soft drink maker Rasna Pvt Ltd, Vadilal Ice Cream group, Torrent Group and Adani Wilmur Group and others in sectors like food parks, food processing and cold storages, power and pharmaceuticals.
Himachal Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh met and sought investment from industrial houses during a meet at Ahmedabad today.
During the meeting, Rasna Chairman and MD Khambatta said that his group intends to set up a Mega Food Park in the state with facility of food processors, which will provide employment to the youth, an official release said.
He said that apples of Himachal were suitable and better than China as per International apple juice concentrates standards.
He said he was also ready to work in Joint Venture, besides marketing support to Rasna and assured to bring the soft drinks Tetra Packs in name of ?Rasna Himachal? and promote brand Himachal nationally and internationally.
Vadilal Ice Cream manufacturing group proposed processing unit for agro products for both veggies and potatoes and both canned and otherwise in lower belts of Himachal.
Torrent group, which is into pharma and power sectors, expressed their willingness for investing Rs 200 crore in bulk drugs and sought permission of the government, the release said.
Torrent exports pharmaceuticals to Brazil, America and other countries from Baddi plant in Himachal Pradesh. It has already invested Rs 325 crore in the state.
Torrent also expressed their willingness for setting up hydel projects of 500 MW or 1000 MW as such for which the Chief Minister asked to submit the proposal till December 15, 2014.
Ramanujan, Vice President, Adani Wilmar Group, which had already invested Rs 200 crore in Himachal for setting up cold storages, intended to extend its field of functioning.
The group plans to expand and set up CA store facility in Rampur with storage capacity of 3000 tonne and for one CA store unit in Kullu investing more than 100 crore.
They also requested the government for around 10 acres of land in Kullu for storing 15,000 tonne of apple.
For exploring the possibility in producing Geo-thermal energy in Himachal, the Varya Group expressed its intentions to invest in Geo-thermal energy generation.
A Himachali entrepreneurs Komal Agnihotri from Tahliwal in Una and engaged in GMS Shipping company and doing 60 per cent business in ship buying and selling in the world, proposed to invest Rs 250 crore in Himachal in Food park projects and Having his own land in Tahliwal.
Besides,Concord Bio-tech intended to invest Rs 50 crore in Bio-tech sector, Shah Alloys and Hitachi Hirel showed keen interest in investing in the State for which the proposals were invited by the Chief Minister.