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Plans for big budget tech hub in 5 years

The state government has plans to set up a technical education hub at a whopping cost of over Rs 160 crore in the vicinity of Ranchi, unfazed by challenges over acquisition of land for mega projects.

The government has already drawn up an action plan, acting on a proposal of the science and technology department, to complete the project during the Twelfth Five-Year Plan period (2012-17).

The technical education hub will shelter institutes and offer common facilities such as indoor and outdoor stadiums, health centre, visitors’ house, a central library, multipurpose hall, bank, post office, marketing complex, canteen, et al.

Sources in the state planning and development department confided that over Rs 16,000 lakh was proposed for the project during the twelfth plan.

A budgetary provision of Rs 15 crore has been proposed under the project head for 2012-13.

A senior official of the science and technology department told The Telegraph that they required at least 500 acres for the project.

“We have proposed that Rs 65 crore be made available for purchase of land during the next three financial years. We are likely to get Rs 15 crore in the next fiscal while we have projects Rs 25 crore each for 2013-14 and 2014-15,” the official added.

The remaining Rs 95 crore has been proposed for developing infrastructure.

Though there may not be any budgetary provision for developing infrastructure during 2012-13, allocations of Rs 5 crore, Rs 10 crore, Rs 30 crore and Rs 50 crore are slotted for the subsequent years.

If the project comes to pass, it is expected to be a unique government-run centre in the country.

“The Planning Commission, too, was highly impressed with our proposal when we gave detailed presentations. We firmly believe that the money bill will be smoothly passed by the state Assembly,” added another official involved in preparing the budget for the project.

The government will table the annual budget for 2012-13 fiscal on March 15 in the Assembly.

The proposed hub will be include quality infrastructure such as fibre optics and underground cable networks, drainage system, water supply and treatment plant, power sub-station and sewage treatment plant.

The entire area will be divided into several zones — educational, separate hostel for boys and girls, residential (for faculty and staff), recreational and marketing.

Deputy chief minister Sudesh Mahto, who has newly assumed charge of the science and technology portfolio, said the department had agreed in principle to purchase land from private parties at rates approved by the government.

The government is looking at acquiring plain land close to highways with proper access to water and electricity.

The hub may even come up near the proposed Knowledge City, for which the foundation stone has already been laid, in Khunti district.

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