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Andhra firm gets cluster nod

Adityapur Auto Cluster Limited (AACL) has gathered momentum, having appointed a Hyderabad-based company to execute a common effluent treatment plant, a key component of the hub coming up at Serikela-Kharsawan district.

Officials of AACL, a special purpose vehicle formed to develop infrastructure in the industry hub of Adityapur said on Thursday that Ramky Enviro Engineering Limited would execute the project on a build-operate-transfer basis.

“The appointment of the Hyderabad-based firm was made recently. The private firm would operate the common effluent treatment plant before transferring it to the auto cluster after 20 years,” said AACL managing director R. K. Sinha.

Construction work for the common effluent treatment plant would begin early next month. “We have invited governor’s adviser Madhukar Gupta for laying the foundation stone of the project,” he said, adding that cost escalations have meant that the project would now incur an investment of about Rs 20 crore, at least Rs 8 crore more than the earlier estimates.

The common effluent treatment plant would come up over 12 acres at the industrial area earmarked for large projects.

Work was progressing on course on another aspect of the auto cluster project, the hi-tech laboratory. “Construction of the laboratory will be complete by mid-March. After that we will float tenders for buying equipment. Delivery schedules mean the lab would be ready in another two months,” Sinha said.

The senior functionary of AACL, however, said they were keeping their fingers crossed on getting clearances for the hazardous waste management facility.

“We are unable to begin work on the re-cycling plant for want of environment clearance from the Union environment and forest ministry. Our application is pending with the ministry for almost a year now,” he revealed.

Sinha said that earlier they had fixed a July deadline for beginning operations at the auto cluster project. But, now it seems that project would be delayed by another couple of months.

AACL has also revised estimates for the entire auto cluster project to Rs 100 crore from the earlier Rs 65 crore due to cost escalations.