The site of the proposed City Centre at Adityapur on Tuesday. Picture by Animesh Sengupta
A proposed mega mall-cum-office complex just crawled closer to Jamshedpur with the concerned authorities making fresh attempts to expedite the project.
The multi-crore City Centre project at Adityapur in Seraikela-Kharsawan district is likely to see the light of day soon with Adityapur Industrial Area Development Authority (Aiada) taking up the issue with the Union ministry of environment and forest.
Aiada, which looks after infrastructure development in Adityapur, the state’s largest industry hub, wrote to the Union forest and environment ministry for granting necessary sanction to Calcutta-based Forum Projects Private Limited so that the ambitious City Centre plans could get a move on.
“We sent the letter two days ago, highlighting the importance of the project which has hung fire for more than four years now. The project, the first of its kind in Jharkhand, is of much importance for the state from the revenue point of view,” said Shivendra Singh, secretary of Aiada, adding that he was optimistic about getting the Union ministry’s go-ahead soon.
According to Singh, leading real estate developer Forum Projects Private Limited had already applied to the Union environment and forest ministry seeking a no-objection certificate for the project. “We have already given our nod a revised plan of the project six months ago. Fire and other clearances have also been granted,” said Singh, ruling out any hurdles related to forest land involved.
The Calcutta-based promoter was given 22 acres by Aiada along Tata-Kandra main road to develop City Centre in 2007.
The multi-facility commercial complex within the industrial hub will come as a boon for residents of both Jamshedpur and Adityapur.
Estimated to cost around Rs 250 crore, the project envisages a mall, hotel, club, multiplex, a 200-bed hospital and office complexes.
While Aiada only provided land, the developer is supposed to build the necessary infrastructure.
The initial estimates had pegged the project cost at Rs 200 crore, to be developed in four phases, barely 5km away from the existing Kharkai bridge.
Speaking to The Telegraph over phone from Calcutta, a senior official of Forum Projects Private Limited said already a huge sum of money had been spent on the project.
“We have spent big money on hiring engineers and a foreign consultant for the project. Now, we are incurring losses. Therefore, we requested the industrial administrative body to take up the issue seriously with the Union ministry. We look forward to starting the project soon,” he said.
Sources reveal that in the last couple of years, the authority had issued notices twice to the private firm, directing it to start the project. The firm has initiated ground-levelling work and a boundary wall has been constructed at the site.