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Union Minister for Chemicals and Fertilizers Ananth Kumar today said the Narendra Modi government will be co-partner for the efforts of Telangana government to develop a ‘Plastic Park’ in the new state of Telangana.

Stating that his Government had earlier decided to develop such parks in four states, the Minister said he would request the Planning Commission on the need for another part in Telangana.

At in and around of Hyderabad have more than 7,000 plastic industries with an annual turnover of over Rs 2,500 crore, he said while addressing at the inaugural function of 4-day IPLEx 2014, International Plastic Exposition organised by Southern state Plastic Manufacturers Association here today.

He said with the cooperation of the state government the center will invest for creation of infrastructure, preparing various designs.

Referring to great potential for the growth of plastic industry in the country from the present capacity of 11 million tons production to 20 million tons by 2020, Mr Ananth urged the industry on their part they should cultivate ‘Plastic Social Responsibility’ (on the lines of Corporate Social Responsibility) by taking responsibility of total recycling of plastic waste.

Though plastic waste is about 4 per cent only, due to public appearance of polythin covers and left over water bottles on road sides there is a big uproar against plastic usage, he said.

On the government part, he said he is proposing to take up a big national campaign as part of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Vision of ‘Clean India Campaign’ by setting up ‘water to compost’ units in more than 500 cities all over the country.

Union Secretary of Chemicals and Petro Chemicals Indrajit Pal said that plastic industry is moving for a massive growth and presently over Rs 1 lakh crore worth capacity additions are on cards.

However, the next mega plastic exhibition will be in Bangalore by December 2015, said Dr S K nayak,Director General, CIPET on the occasion.

Telangana special chief secretary for industries and commerce Pradeep Chadnra and Vice Chairman and MD of TSIIC and Commissioner of Industries Jayesh Ranjan also spoke.

As many as 220 stalls from all over the country, including from China, Taiwan, Japan and Singapore participated in the mega exhibition.