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FJCCI executive meet stress on land bank

Jamshedpur, June 12: Several issues plaguing trade and industry of Kolhan region came up for discussion at the executive committee meeting of the Federation of Jharkhand Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FJCCI) held at Chambers Bhavan today.

The Singhbhum Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI), an affiliated unit of FJCCI, hosted the meeting.

Issues such as infrastructure development, lifting of night ban on passenger trains, search for new industrial areas and appointment of a full-time managing director for Adityapur Industrial Area Development Authority (Aiada) were pondered upon.

The event was divided into two sessions — executive committee meeting and a discussion on the progress of the state during the last 11 years.

FJCCI president Sajjan Kumar Saraf stressed the need for creation of land bank for industrial growth. “There is no scope for expansion of the Adityapur industrial area due to scarcity of land. The government should therefore identify other industrial zones,” he said.

An executive member of FJCCI Sharad Poddar stressed the need of a full-time managing director for Aiada. “East Singhbhum deputy commissioner Himani Pande has been given the additional charge of Aiada managing director. But she gets little time to look into the affairs of the body,” said Poddar, adding he had already pointed out the matter to state industry secretary A.P. Singh.

The executive committee members of the state’s apex trade body also expressed concern over lack of air connectivity. “The city lacks an air link which inconveniences the traders and business community. It is high time the government thinks seriously on the issue,” said Suresh Sonthalia, regional vice-president of FJCCI. Sonthalia is also the general secretary of SCCI.

During the two-hour meeting, the trade body members suggested that new industrial areas should be identified at places like Simdega, Gumla and Lohardaga and land banks be created at Baharagora and Potka.

The traders also expressed concern over the sorry condition of the Tata-Kandra Road, considered as lifeline of Adityapur industrial area, the state’s largest industrial hub.

The meeting was also attended by members of Singhbhum Industry Association, Bokaro Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Chaibasa Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

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