R. Ramabhadran Pillai

47 units have already started functioning in the small industries park

Work on effluent treatment plant over

Park will have uninterrupted power supply

KOCHI: The entire 67 acre at the Small Industries Park, Nellad, in Mazhuvannur panchayat, about 35 km from Kochi, has been allotted to industrial units. The park, set up by the Kerala Industrial Infrastructure Development Corporation (Kinfra), will have 58 units altogether. A total of 47 units have already started functioning.

The industrial units include those manufacturing polyurethane, plastic printed bags, polymer pipes and herbal extracts. The total estimated investment is over Rs.57 crore, providing employment to more than 1200 persons, according to Kinfra Managing Director S. Ramnath.

Around 30 acre of the park has been earmarked for projects in the food processing sector alone. Companies like Sara Spices, which produces ready-to-eat products, AMES Food Processors India Private Limited, a subsidiary of a US-based company, which processes snacks and cashew nuts, and ME Polymers have set up units there.

The park is located in the interiors of the agricultural belt covering Muvattupuzha, Thodupuzha area which is rich in agricultural produces such as pineapple, spices and rubber. The good accessibility and linkage with the airport and seaport has created a special interest in the park, according to Kinfra officials.

The park will get uninterrupted power supply. A 33 kV sub-station has started functioning. Two bore wells, an open well and rainwater harvesting facilities to recharge water sources would ensure that there is no shortage of water, officials said.

The installation of an effluent treatment plant (ETP) has been completed. The effluent outlets from individual units are linked to a common drainage system which goes to the treatment plant. The ETP has a full capacity of 400 cubic metres per day.

The Quality Control Lab will be operational soon. Sophisticated instruments have already been set up.