Ministry of C & F Allocates 40 crores for Setting up Plastic Park in Uttarakhand
Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilisers (C & F) chaired by Shri Ananthkumar, Union Minister for C & F and parliamentary affairs recently inaugurated Centre for Skilling & Technical Support (CSTS), first Central Institute of Plastics Engineering & Technology (CIPET) centre at ITI Building, Doiwala, Dehradun. This CIPET centre ranks 32nd in the list of centres around the country.

Addressing the gathering comprising of dignitaries to include Guest of Honour, Chief Minister of Uttarakhand, Shri Trivendra Singh Rawat, and Member of Parliament, Haridwar, Dr. Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank, Shri Ananthkumar noted that plastics constitute over 50% of the basic inputs - right from a small plastic spoon to finding its application in automobiles , aerospace and advanced biomedical equipment manufacturing. "Wherever there is a requirement for plastic, the technical manpower trained at CIPET will find employment," he asserted. "1500 students would be admitted in the first year itself at CIPET centre in Dehradun, which would be increased to 2500 in the second year and scale to 3000 in the next consecutive year."

With support from the State Government, B.Tech courses in plastic engineering will soon commence in the near future. "Till 2014, 23 centres of CIPET were functioning that were training around 40,000 students, now CIPET is developing 1,00,000 technicians per year and in the last 4 years the total number has crossed 2.5 lakhs," the Minister added. To celebrate 50 golden years of CIPET in 2018, the number of CIPET centres across the country will be increased to 50 before the end of this year.

Taking into consideration increasing use of plastics and the environmental sustainability issue, the Government aims to bring biodegradable plastics to common use soon. It has further proposed setting up of another CIPET centre in Uttarakhand and allocated 40 crores for establishing a plastic park in the State at Sitarganj. Among other units, the park would house plastic waste recycling unit within to address concerns regarding increase in generation of plastic waste in the State and provide employment opportunities for over 5000 people in the region.

"On graduating from CIPET centre, an average salary of a technician will be around 30,000," Shri Trivendra Singh Rawat added. A total project cost of 51 .32 crore has been incurred on setting up of the CIPET: CSTS at Dehradun, as per the 50:50 funding arrangement agreed upon by the Government of India and the Government of Uttarakhand to support development and progress in the region.