Report by Jyoti Prakash; Bhubaneswar: TATA company has been asked to submit detail implementation plan with specific time limit for each activity for development of Industrial Park at Gopalpur in Ganjam District in a high level review meeting held under Chairmanship of Chief Secretary Bijay Kumar Patnaik in secretariat conference hall today. Discussions in meeting reveal that as per earlier decisions of Govt have been taken steps for development of a Special Economic Zone ( ECZ) at Gopalpur for facilitating growth of industrial park. TATA has been selected as the anchor investor for the industrial park.
In the meanwhile formal approval has been availed form Ministry of Commerce & Industries, Govt of India for development of Special Economic Zone. Near about 300 acers of land has been acquired. Construction of boundary wall has been completed over 95% of the acquired land. The feasibility study and design plan of the ECZ has been completed by Ernst & Young. Technical feasibility report has also been prepared by Jurong International Group , Singapore. SEZ master Plan and Infrastructure Development Plan are in Finalization stage. RITES Ltd., a Govt of India Enterprise has completed the survey work for road and railway connectivity. National Institute of Oceanography has completed CRZ study for the ECZ. Agencies have been short listed for assessment of Environmental Impact. Chief Secretary has directed to expedite steps for notification of SEZ.
The Industrial Park will be developed over an area of 2952 acres with Resource Based Metal Industry Cluster, Power Plant, Auto Engineering Steel Down Stream Cluster, Mixed Cluster, Water Reservoir, Integrated Logistics and Non-Processing Zone to house social infrastructure required for the units in industrial park. It has been proposed that anchor investment will be done in Long Product Mill ( Steel Bar & Rods) with 400,000 TPA, Ferro Chrome Plant with 55,000 TPA, and Desalination Plant with 1.2 MGP per day. Land requirement for all theses anchor investments will be around 400 acres and the water source will be the sea water along with harvested rain water. Reviewing the development of Industrial Park Chief Secretary has asked TATA to submit a detail implementation plan with specific time limits for commencement and completion of each activity.
The issues relating to land acquisition, resettlement and rehabilitation were also reviewed in the meeting. Available data shows for the project 603 families have been displaced from three hamlets namely Sindhigaon, Patrapur and Badapur. Theses families have been resettled in the new rehabilitation colony developed at Luhajhar. 589 house plots and 874 plots have been allotted in rehabilitation colony. Basic amenities like roads, drains, bore wells, ponds infrastructure for electrification, street lights, tree plantation, avenue plantation, schools, dispensary, community centers etc have been provided. About 238 youths from project affected families have been trained in various ITIs and 189 youths have been placed in various companies. Besides 76 youths from affected families have been trained in various diploma programmes in JN Tata Technical education Center at Gopalpur and are now employed in various companies.
Recently other 198 youths from affected families have been admitted in to ITIs and 44 have joined Diploma Programmes in Tata Education Center. Chief Secretary has directed to enhance the productive capacity of displaced families through intensive skill development activities and develop action plan for ensuring better quality of life for displaced families.
Pr Secretary forest & Environment R.K.Sharma, Pr Secretary Revenue & Disaster Management Taradatt, CMD IDCO, Sri P.K.Jena, Secretary Industries Prag Gupta, representatives from TATA along with senior officials participated in discussions.