The Indian government is planning to set up so-called 'food parks,' dedicated industrial estates for food processing industries. It has so far given clearance for 27 food parks and has spent INR20m of a budget of INR40m (US$820,000) for 25 of them. Speaking in New Delhi, the minister of state for food processing industries, Chaman Lal Gupta, has said that the parks should be operational by 2005, considering the plant and equipment required.