Ranchi, Aug. 30: Union additional cabinet secretary Anil Swarup today reviewed several industrial and infrastructure projects in the state, in an attempt to spur growth.
During a closed-door meeting at Project Building, he evaluated progress of as many as 15 mega projects, each worth over Rs 1,000 crore. State’s chief secretary R.S. Sharma, industry secretary Vandana Dadel and other senior officials took part in the meeting.
“The meeting mainly discussed pending clearances, availability of land, water vis-à-vis development projects. Swarup asked state officials to speed up clearances at the earliest,” said a top government official, who was privy to the meeting.
Major power, steel and mining projects apart, several road and railway line expansion work, stuck up due to some or other reasons, came up for discussion.
Swarup was of the view that most of the issues in the road sector were related to environmental clearance and land acquisition, while in the power sector, the hurdles were mainly related to coal.
Sources said Indian Oil Corporation Limited’s Paradip-Raipur-Ranchi pipeline also featured during the threadbare discussions. The ambitious Rs 1793.6crore project is stuck due to delay in forest clearance.
While Odisha has given the first stage forest clearance to start work in non-forest land on February 22 this year, the second stage forest clearances from both Odisha and Jharkhand are pending.
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