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Car route to rural growth in Dhanbad

Bharat Coking Coal Limited (BCCL) in Dhanbad on Friday took the first step to convert its dream project — to engage residents of 226 villages in the leasehold area of the company in several livelihood projects — into a reality.

The Coal India Limited subsidiary formed societies of local villagers in Mukunda and Gaderia — 15km and 10km respectively from Dhanbad — to facilitate buying of cars for tourist operations.

Further, the bank accounts of the Mukunda and Gaderia co-operatives were opened at Baliapur and Karkend branch of Bank of India respectively.

The governing bodies of both the societies comprise 11 members and any two can operate the bank accounts of their respective co-operatives.

Director (personnel) of BCCL, V.K. Panda said: “If everything goes as per our plan, the self-employment project in both the villages will be launched in March.”

Bank of India general manager S. Paliweli has agreed to provide loans to the societies to pursue ventures in tourist car operations, tailoring, rearing of goats, pigs and ducks, poultry farming and fisheries among others.

“Initially we will facilitate loans for purchasing cars,” said S.C. Prasad, head of sustainable development department of BCCL and added that the down payment for buying the vehicles would be provided by them.

“If the tourist car idea clicks in Mukunda and Gaderia, it will be implemented in other villages as well in the next fiscal, starting from April 2014,” director (personnel) Panda said.