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Handmade Paper Unit at women entrepreneurs industrial estate inaugurated

18th April, 2013; Hyderabad

The Handmade Paper Unit set up with technical support under the Indo German Environment Partnership (IGEP) Programme at the industrial estate of the Association of Lady Entrepreneurs of Andhra Pradesh (ALEAP) at Gajularamaram in Hyderabad was inaugurated by Mr. Madhav Lal, Secretary, Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME), Government of India on 18th April 2013.

The industrial estates across the country, in general, produce variety of wastes, including those that fall under the category of Municipal Solid Waste as defined under the Solid Wastes (Management and Handling) Rules, 2000 of the Environment Protection Act. Such wastes, if properly segregated, collected and treated, offer ample opportunities for recycle and reuse. Also, this can prove to be an innovative opportunity for developing small-scale entrepreneurships, which integrates social and environmental benefits into the business model.

GIZ is providing technical support to ALEAP, on the above lines, for demonstrating recycling and reuse of paper waste generated from various industries in ALEAP Industrial Estate. The newly inaugurated Handmade Paper Unit at the ALEAP Industrial Estates will be able to cater 1.5 tonnes/month of paper waste generated from the industrial estate, with a capacity of 60 kg per day. The handmade paper produced from the facility will be sold to the entrepreneurs who will colour and design for different purposes such as book covers, paper bags, note books etc. The Handmade Paper Unit is owed by a women entrepreneur.

The inauguration programme started with welcome address by Mrs. Rama Devi, President of ALEAP. Mr. Hrishikesh Mahadev, Junior Advisor, GIZ made a presentation on handmade paper unit installed, and ALEAP Green Industrial park, Nandigama. Mr. C.K. Mishra, Joint Secretary, MoMSME appreciated the initiatives taken up by the women entrepreneurs.  Mr. Madhav Lal, Secretary, MoMSEM appreciated the reuse/ recycle of waste and he has also appreciated the initiative taken by ALEAP in cooperation with GIZ for developing environment friendly site master plan for the new Green Industrial Park at Nandigama. Mrs. Padmaja, Secretary, ALEAP gave vote of thanks.

The inaugural function was attended by Mr. Nageshwar Rao, President,  Federation of Andhra Pradesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FAPCCI), Dr. V. Hanumantha Rao, President, Federation of Andhra Pradesh Small Industries Association (FAPSIA), Mr. Patel, General Manager, District Industries Centre, Mr. M. Chandrashekar Reddy, Director General of NI-MSME, Mr. Akka Das, Director of Ministry of MSME-DI, Mr. Prasanna Kumar and Mr. Sudhakar, Joint Secretaries at the, Industries Department, Govt. of AP, Mr. Madhusudhan Rao, Deputy Secretary, Industries Department, Govt. of AP., ALEAP committee members and entrepreneurs.