Union steel secretary G Mohan Kumar (right) and Tata Steel vice-president Anand Sen at Sonari airport on Wednesday. Picture by Bhola Prasad
A special security force, now headquartered on the JAP-IV campus in Bokaro, will be deployed at the three industrial hubs of Jharkhand after the general elections in May.
State industry director Dipankar Panda, who was in Jamshedpur along with Union steel secretary G. Mohan Kumar, said the State Industrial Security Force (SISF) would also be available for any industry, bank or commercial establishment for a fee.
“SISF will be ready for deployment at Ranchi Industrial Area Development Authority (Riada), Adityapur Industrial Area Development Authority (Aiada) and Bokaro Industrial Area Development Authority (Biada) in May after the Lok Sabha polls. The state home department has already decided on the fees that it would charge for deployment,” Panda said.
The force, comprising over 800 personnel, will be headed by a commandant of superintendent of police rank. The men are undergoing special training on the lines of Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) at Police Training College in Hazaribagh.
The industry director, who also attended the maiden meeting of the newly formed Government of Jharkhand-CII Task Force on Tuesday, also assured industrialists that the state was keen to improve air-connectivity in Jharkhand.
The government was, therefore, pursuing the airport project at Gamharia along with an alternative at Chakulia in all earnestness.
“Industrialists and traders have been expressing concern over lack of proper air-connectivity and I would like to assure them that the government is pushing forward the Gamharia airport project and following up with the forest department for clearances.
“Simultaneously, we are also looking into developing the Chakulia airstrip as an alternative option. We want either of the two projects to take off at the earliest,” he said.
Panda also assured industrialists that all technical glitches in the execution of the eastern corridor project under PPP mode had been ironed out. It will be executed by mid-2014.
The detailed project report of the project, held up since 2012, envisages linking NH-33 to Tatanagar Station through arterial roads and a third bridge over Subernarekha River to decongest the city of heavy commercial vehicles which have been the primary reason behind road mishaps.
Steel secretary Mohan Kumar, who along with Panda attended a conference on “Reviving growth-focus Jharkhand” organised by Confederation of Indian Industry at Beldih Club, exhorted industrialist to adopt responsible capitalism aimed at inclusive growth.
Mohan Kumar welcomed the commerce and industry ministry’s move to allow FDI in high-speed trains and other projects.
The senior bureaucrat visited Tata Steel plant and the Center For Excellence before leaving for Delhi in the evening.