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Outfit demands bigger role for Dhanbad

Federation of Dhanbad Zila Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FDZCCI) is pressing for a new commissionerate, comprising Dhanbad, Bokaro, Giridih and Jamtara districts, with its headquarters in the coal town.

FDZCCI president Rajiv Sharma has shot off a letter to Jharkhand governor Syed Ahmed, reasoning that as the distance between Hazaribagh — the present headquarters of North Chotanagpur commissionerate comprising Dhanbad, Bokaro, Giridih, Hazaribagh, Chatra and Ramgarh — and Dhanbad is around 120km, a new commissionerate with a nearer headquarters was needed. The letter pointed out that the distance between Dhanbad and Bokaro is just 45km, Dhanbad and Giridih 55km and Dhanbad and Jamtara 65km.

Sharma argued that Dhanbad was well connected with rest of the country through rail and road and stood second in terms of freight loading. Besides, there was a huge presence of industries in Dhanbad. For example, 90 per cent of BCCL’s coal production is based in Dhanbad. Other industries like Maithon Power Limited with a production capacity of 1,050MW is also situated in Dhanbad.

Sharma has also demanded appointment of a senior superintendent of police in Dhanbad besides a rural superintendent of police and his urban counterpart on the lines of Ranchi and Jamshedpur.

“The presence of world-class engineering institute, Indian School of Mines (ISM), state-owned engineering cradle BIT-Sindri, state-owned Patliputra Medical College and Hospital (PMCH) and Central Institute of Mining and Fuel Research (CIMFR) make the district an intellectual hub,” said Sharma.

With steel major SAIL announcing its plan to establish a steel plant along with a fertiliser unit and power plant in Dhanbad, the district is all set to emerge as a major industrial hub of Jharkhand, he added.

“The idea is to improve the administrative set-up of Dhanbad, which has a population of around 30 lakh. The population of Dhanbad Municipal Corporation is around 12 lakh. Some areas like Tundi and Topchachi are Naxalite-affected and hence, the district requires better administration and police posting for which a separate commissionerate is the only solution,” Sharma said.