Furniture Park mooted in Kutch

The Gandhidham Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI) in Gujarat has set up a committee to work out the details of a proposed ‘Furniture Park’ in Kutch district of the state.

The GCCI, headed by its current President, Mr Anil Kumar Jain, has been lobbying with the state and Central governments on the subject, to focus on local opportunities for business growth and employment.

The GCCI has secured ‘in principle’ approval for the Furniture Park from the Union Minister of State for Ports, Shipping and Waterways, Mr Mansukh Mandavia.

The Gujarat Chief Minister, Mr Vijay Rupan, has agreed to declare Furniture Park as a focus industry to compete with Chinese imports. The idea has also found favour with Mr. Amitabh Kant, Chairman of Niti Ayog, says Anil Kumar.

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The GCCI committee is headed by its member, Mr Deepak Parakh, to promote the Furniture Park project at all levels. It is now identifying about 500 acres of land under the Deendayal Port Trust.

The GCCI has appealed to furniture manufacturers interested in the proposed Furniture Park to contact Deepak on +91-99785 55000, to visit Kutch and check out the infrastructure and amenities.

The GCCI is a 68-year-old trade and industry body with more than 2,500 business units as its members. The key reasons to choose Kutch for a Furniture Park are:

•        Based in Asia’s biggest timber import centre for all varieties of wood species;

•        Availability of large tracts of land at very nominal prices;

•        Availability of skilled labour;

•        Established trade routes to large hinterland of North & West India;

•        Proximity to two large ports: Kandla and Mundra;

•        Robust infrastructure of rail/road network with Mumbai and Delhi;

•        Good quality residential township with modern social infrastructure;

•        Trade-friendly Gujarat government’s assistance to entrepreneurs.



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