In a major setback for the tea industry in Assam and the State government, the Centre has overturned a proposal to set up a Tea Park in Amingaon and shifted it to Dhamra Port in Odisha.
Officials of the Indian Tea Association (ITA) and Indian Tea Exporters’ Association (ITEA) had paid a visit to the Port for an on-site assessment and had made a recommendation for the port as it is cost effective compared to the Kolkata Port and the Inland Container Depot at Amingaon.
Sources said that Ministry of Commerce and Industry has selected a location near the Dhamra Port for setting up a tea park on the lines of the ‘Dubai Multimodal Commodity Centre, Tea Centre, Jebel Ali Free Zone’, the Assam Tribune reports.
Setting up of tea parks in India would promote the country as an investment destination, establishing India as a manufacturing hub by attracting the global tea brands. Such parks would ensure integration of various facilities with the creation of world-class infrastructure and common centre for availing various services for the tea growers and the exporters, sources said.