BHUBANESWAR: The Government has decided to construct 11 cold storages in different parts of the State with a total capacity of 1.16 lakh tonnes. The decision will be implemented by Cooperation Department.
A decision to this effect was taken at a high-level meeting presided over by Food Supplies, Consumer Welfare and Cooperation Minister Surya Narayan Patro at the Secretariat here on Monday.
The State now has 40 cold storages in Government and private sectors with a total capacity of 1,87,480 tonne. The cold storages, mostly of 5000-tonne capacity each, are in Angul, Balasore, Bhadrak, Balangir, Cuttack, Jajpur, Jharsuguda, Keonjhar, Khurda, Koraput, Mayurbhanj, Puri, Rayagada and Sambalpur districts.
The Government has given clearance for construction of 14 more cold storages in the private sector which are in various stages of completion. It was decided that 10 more cold storages lying defunct will also be repaired and handed over to private parties for operation.
Besides this, 22 cool rooms which are lying defunct in different districts will be repaired and handed over to the local market committees. The State Government has a provision to provide 50 per cent subsidy with a maximum ceiling of `2 crores to entrepreneurs evincing interest to set up cold storages. The maximum ceiling of subsidy amount for setting up cold storages in scheduled areas has been fixed at `2.8 crores.
Principal Secretary in the Cooperation Department Manoj Ahuja, Registrar of Cooperative Societies Sashibhusan Padhi and senior officials were present.