As many as 37 project proposals that came up at the Emerging Kerala meet are being processed and land has been identified for most of them, Industries Minister P.K. Kunhalikutty has said.

After inaugurating a rooftop solar system installed at the Kerala State Industrial Development Corporation (KSIDC) corporate office here on Thursday, Mr. Kunhalikutty said 30 projects in the industries sector and seven in tourism were being processed and work had begun in some of them. Four projects were being pursued in the higher education sector. The Industries Department had received a proposal to set up a truck factory for which the government was trying to identify 10 acres of land.

The government had attached top priority to non-conventional energy and water management projects. Public protest against solid waste management was a major deterrent. This called for public awareness. Convincing the public about the feasibility of a project had become difficult. The public were sceptic even about the latest technology.

Referring to the delay in finalising the accounts of public sector undertakings, Industries Secretary V. Somasundram said that finalisation of accounts would be completed by June. KSIDC managing director Tom Jose said the solar system with an installed capacity of 32 kilowatt peak was expected to generate 120 units a day and reduced the corporation’s demand for grid power.

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