The Central government has given approval to 101 new cold chain projects being set up by firms like Big Basket, Amul and Haldiram. The total investment will be Rs 3,100 crore.
Food Processing Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal today said the ministry’s grant-in-aid for these projects will be Rs 838 crore, while the remaining over Rs 2,200 crore will come from the private sector.
Queried about the companies which have bagged these projects, joint secretary Anuradha Parasad named Big Basket, Haldiram, Gujarat Cooperative Milk Marketing Federation’s (Amul) milk unions.
Some of the other players include Hatsun Agro, Sterling Agro, Prabhat Dairy, Balmer Lawrie, Tirumala Milk, Desai Brothers and Falcon Marine (Odisha).
The maximum number of cold chain projects will come up in Maharashtra at 21, followed by Uttar Pradesh 14, Gujarat 12 and Andhra Pradesh 8 projects. Punjab and Madhya Pradesh will have six projects each.
“We have sanctioned 101 new cold chain projects across the country with a capacity of 2.76 lakh tonnes. Wastages are high due to lack of cold chain infrastructure,” Badal said.
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