NEW DELHI

Look beyond Noida, says Mulayam

He urges industrialists to come forward for the State's all-round development

LUCKNOW: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav has called upon industrialists to look beyond Noida and Greater Noida in Uttar Pradesh for balanced and composite industrial development of the State.

``Better opportunities are awaiting industrialists as Lucknow Industrial Development Authority (LIDA) has been set up on Noida and Greater Noida pattern,'' Mr Yadav said, giving special stress on setting up industrial units in central U.P.

He exhorted that industrialists should come forward to ensure all-round development so that UP appeared as an organised destination for national and international entrepreneurs.

The Chief Minister observed if a wide network of industrial activities was not created, then real and balanced development of U.P. would remain a distant dream.

About Value Added Tax (VAT), Mr. Yadav assured that so long as the business community in the State was averse to the new tax regime, it would not be implemented in U.P.

He was talking to a Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) delegation led by its chairman Ajay Sriram here on Thursday.

Discussing possibilities of development in the field of tourism, Mr Yadav said sincere efforts would be made to attract tourists to other parts of U.P. as well, so that they were not confined to Agra.

``Destinations such as Mathura, Vrindavan, Varanasi, Jhansi and Chitrakoot are equally important tourist places,'' the Samajwadi Party supremo said, adding his government would provide all possible facilities to investors interested in the U.P. tourism sector.

Referring to the 2010 Commonwealth Games scheduled in New Delhi, the CII chairman said U.P. should prepare to encash such opportunities by attracting more tourists to important destinations.

``U.P. government should prepare plans for developing quality infrastructure facilities in tourism sector,'' Mr Sriram added.

Further, the Chief Minister claimed his government had extended invitation to the industrialists of the entire country to invest in U.P.

``We have on the one hand invited foreign investors, while on the other we have provided opportunities to indigenous investors and industrialists to contribute in U.P.'s development,'' he added. -- UNI

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