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Auto test lab debut by May

Jamshedpur, Feb. 22: The industrial hub of Adityapur will boast a hi-tech auto component testing laboratory by May, paving the way for local manufacturers to test their products and spares.

The third city in the country after Mumbai and Pune to have such a facility, the Adityapur lab will be the only one of its kind in eastern India. It is the pivotal segment of the Rs 65 crore Adityapur Auto Cluster, a special purpose vehicle formed to develop infrastructure in the Adityapur industrial area in Seraikela-Kharsawan, the largest industrial hub of Jharkhand.

“The laboratory, built at a cost of Rs 42 crore and spread over 5 acres at the Adityapur toll bridge and Tata-Kandra Road junction, would be inaugurated in May,” said R. K. Sinha, managing director of Adityapur Auto Cluster, during a meeting of its board at the Aiada hall.

Joint secretary in the department of industrial policy and promotion A. K Singh, who attended the board meeting as the Centre’s nominee, assured the directors that the government would release the second instalment of Rs 17 crore before the end of February.

The laboratory would have separate set-ups for housing a structure-dynamic laboratory, a metallurgical lab, an electronic and control lab, a noise vibration and harshness lab, a tool room design lab, a technical library and a computer-aided engineering lab.

It will also host a centre for business excellence which will enable industrialists and owners of ancillary units to interact with visitors and overseas clients.

The proposed facilities would be a boon for over 600-odd auto ancillary units based in Adityapur. It will save time and money as the local manufacturers will, for the first time, have access to all testing and design facilities at their doorstep.

Launched almost three years ago, the groundbreaking ceremony of the laboratory took place in 2009. However, selecting a suitable agency for executing the multi-crore project took time and in turn delayed construction work. Finally, the civil wing of state-run telecom major BSNL was entrusted with the construction work in early 2013.

Sinha said a common effluent treatment plant (CETP), being built over 12 acres in Gamharia at a cost of Rs 20 crore, would also become functional by May.

“Hyderabad-based Ramky Enviro Engineers, a leading provider of comprehensive environment management services, has completed construction under built operate and transfer. The agency will operate it for 27 years,” the managing director said.

The board of directors approved the tender process for a hazardous waste recycling unit to be built on 25 acre at Dugdhi in Seraikela.

“As per the board’s decision, the tender process will be completed by March. The CETP and hazardous waste management unit will help recycle and dispose of industrial waste generated by units in Adityapur, Jamshedpur and nearby areas. The structure will become functional by December 2014,” Sinha said.