Shillong, March 15: In a function held at Mendipathar, Chief Minister, Conrad K Sangma, today, handed over the land allotment documents to Varun Beverages for the setting up of industrial unit at Mendipathar, North Garo Hills. 

In his address, Chief Minister, Conrad K Sangma, thanking the Chairman of Varun Beverages, Ravi Jaipuria, for his decision to set up the industrial unit in Mendipathar said that this decision has set the pace for private investments in the State and the industrial unit in Mendipathar will transform the lives of the people of the area. He also expressed his gratitude to MIDC for have completed the processes of the land allotment in a record time.

Talking about the project and the setting up of the industrial unit, the Chief Minister said that the Mendipathar Industrial Growth Centre was declared as an industrial area few years ago however no developments have taken place in the area for years. “With the setting up of this industrial unit for packaging soft drinks like Pepsi, Mirinda and other beverages the lives of people will be transformed as employment opportunities for local people will open up,” he said. He also informed that soft drinks and beverages that are consumed on a daily basis are bottled in Assam or West Bengal. “With this bottling unit in Mendipathar we can consume the soft drinks that are packaged in our own state,” he said adding that the company will in future explore the possibilities of packaging drinks and products from locally available products like pineapples also. 

The Chief Minister also informed that the company will invest 185 Cr for the project that will be completed within 12 months. 

The plant will besides supplying products to Meghalaya will also distribute to neighbouring states. Also present during the handing over function were MLA, Mendipathar, Marathon Sangma, Varun Beverages CEO, Kamlesh Jain and officials of MIDC.