Food and beverages major PepsiCo India has proposed to set up a soft drink making facility in the Hoshiarpur district of Punjab with an expected investment of Rs.200 crore.

The company has put up an investment proposal with the Punjab Government under the State's mega project scheme for its approval, which would entitle it to enjoy certain incentives, including stamp duty and electricity duty exemption.

“We have received a proposal from PepsiCo for investing Rs.200 crore on setting up a soft drink facility at Zahura village in Hoshiarpur district,” a senior state official told PTI here.

To be spread over 30 acres, the state-of-the-art facility would have three production lines for producing beverages, including concentrate. “The proposed investment will be made by the company in three phases,” he said.

The proposed project would soon be sent for approval to the screening committee headed by state chief secretary.

After that it would forwarded to empowered committee chaired by Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, he said. PepsiCo currently has 36 beverage bottling plants. in the country.

Once the proposal gets nod from state authorities, it will be the company's second major project in Punjab after having production facility for potato chips, Lehar Kurkure and Namkeen (salty snacks) under Frito—Lay brand at Channo village in Sangrur district of the state.

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