Jai Ram invites Mahindra, Godrej to invest in Himachal


Shimla: The Himachal Pradesh chief minister Jai Ram Thakur along-with a high powered delegation had a meeting with Chairman, Mahindra Group Anand Mahindra at Mumbai Thursday for exploring collaboration opportunities for investment in various sectors in the state.

Jai Ram urged Mahindra to consider investing in the areas of tourism, automobiles and information technology.

Mahindra expressed keen interest to invest particularly in the areas of tourism and real estate. He also expressed to partner with Chief Minister’s initiative of Nayee Rahein, Nayee Manzilein.

He shared that with expansion at Kandahar and green field project at Theog, the group is going to invest Rs. 200 crore which would also provide employment to more than 200 persons.

Industries Minister Bikram Singh appreciated the idea of waste to energy project of the group and requested Mahindra Group to consider this as a pilot project at Shimla and Dharamsala.

The Mahindra Group also informed that the group was exploring Himachal as the next destination for electric vehicles as well as in the areas of intelligent traffic management for smart cities. The group is also keen in implementing enterprise solutions for government bodies.  

During the discussions,p the Group also showed interest in waste to energy and intended to invest in Himachal as there was a vast potential to convert pine cones and needles into energy.

Later, the Chief Minister and other members of the delegation met Chairman, Godrej Group Adi Godrej and requested him to increase the Group’s presence in the state in fast moving consumer goods (FMCG) and real estate sectors.

He apprised that the state government has created a very encouraging and promising environment for growth of industry. He urged to consider setting up a tool room in the state as his company has great expertise in the same.  He also extended invitation for participating in global Investors Meet being organized by the state government at Dharamsala in November this year.

Adi Godrej informed the delegation that he will send a suitable note to all his businesses and explore business opportunities in the state.