Guwahati, Oct. 29: Dispur today cleared four public-private partnership projects which will speed up public-private partnership (PPP) activities in the state and pave the way to get private sector investment.
This was decided at the first apex authority meeting on PPP projects chaired by chief minister Tarun Gogoi today.
The projects are development of 10 Industrial Training Institutes under the labour and employment department, development of an information technology park under the information technology department in Guwahati, a banana park at Matia in Goalpara and 50 skill development centres to provide vocational training, especially on construction and services.
Planning and development minister Prithibi Majhi said Dispur proposes to bring in private sector through the PPP mode as one of the preferred routes for infrastructure development in the state.
The Assam PPP policy has established an institutional mechanism to ensure timely clearance of such projects through the apex authority with the chief minister as the chairman.
Majhi said it is now appropriate to proceed to more specialised training in the realm of PPP which is emerging rapidly in the state. The capacity building measures include exposure to the best practices across the globe. Comprehensive capacity building measures are being worked out for the functionaries involving in practice of public-private partnership in the government including at the ministerial level, he added.
Majhi said the approval of four projects would speed up PPP activities in the state. In the project on 50 skill development centres, infrastructure and equipment have already been procured by the state and the cost of operation and maintenance will be borne by the private operator.
The project is being handled by the tea tribe welfare department and will be located in tea and ex-garden tribes area.
In the banana park project, the lead promoter will be Assam Industrial Development Corporation.
The project will be under the build, own, operate and transfer mode.
It will provide for value addition and marketing of bananas which will provide much needed thrust to banana farmers by creating a common infrastructure.
Under the Rs 2,000-crore IT park project in Guwahati, 100 acres of land have already been acquired and will be handed over to a private operator on award of the project on a 99-year lease.
On the development of 10 ITIs under labour and employment department in the uncovered areas of state, Rs 10 crore has been arranged as additional central assistance and remaining finance will have to be procured by the private partner.