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     New Delhi, September 22, 2016: Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh today said Chhattisgarh was the best and safest destination for industrial investment and asked the entrepreneurs to invest in the state.

     “For industrial investment, Chhattisgarh is the best and safest destination,” Singh told the ASSOCHAM organized Global Investor meet here.

     On the core sector, Chhattisgarh has performed well in steel, cement, aluminium and electricity productions and now it was focusing on non-core sector like electronics, IT, defence production, railway, heavy engineering, plastic, food processing, herbal and service sectors, Singh said.

     “Electricity is the strength of the state,” he said while talking about the reasons why one should invest in Chhattisgarh.

      The state has a production capacity of 24,000 MW, which is five times of its energy demand and by the year 2020, the state plans to take that production capacity to 35,000 MW, the Chief Minister said.

     Under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, India is rapidly growing and as a member of the team India Chhattisgarh has also been contributing into that growth, he said.

     Talking about the industrial infrastructure of the state, the Chief Minister said Chhattisgarh has 42 industrial estates, besides metal, engineering, food, plastic and aluminium parks.

    The state is creating a land bank of about 6000 hectare, Singh said adding “you apply online today and tomorrow we will allot you land so that you can set up your plant as soon as possible.”

     He also sought to downplay the Maoist activities in the state saying it had reduced many fold.

     “Chhattisgarh is being considered as a Maoist hit state. But Maoist no longer have any effect in the state,” Singh said adding socio-economic development has taken place even in interior Bastar region due to government services like road, electricity, education and health.

      Talking about investment in south Chhattisgarh, Singh said in total Rs 40,000 crore are being invested in Bastar region alone. Steel Authority of India is investing Rs 18,000 crore to set up an ultra mega steel plant in Bastar, where as NMDC is coming up with a steel plant at Nagarnar with the investment of Rs 18,000 crore in the same district, he added.

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