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Sizeable tender on cards for lab

Adityapur Auto Cluster Limited will soon float tender worth Rs 32 crore for a hi-tech laboratory at Gamharia, an important component of the cluster project.

Managing director of the firm R.K. Sinha told The Telegraph on Tuesday that the Centre was likely to release requisite funds later this week.

“We are expecting funds to arrive by this week. These will be used to procure equipment for the hi-tech lab,” he said.

Sinha added the common effluent treatment plant, being built on 12 acres in Gamharia at a cost of Rs 20crore, would get functional around the start of the next financial year.

“We have fixed a May deadline to operate the effluent treatment plant. Hyderabad-based firm Ramky Enviro Engineers have completed construction. They will operate it for 27 years before transferring it to the Adityapur Auto Cluster Limited,” said Sinha.

The official added work was yet to begin for a hazardous waste management unit at Dugni, Seraikela-Kharsawan.

“We applied for an environment clearance from the Union ministry of environment and forests in April 2011. The nod is yet to arrive,” he said, adding that once they received a go-ahead, work would begin.

The auto cluster is a special purpose vehicle promoted by the Centre, Adityapur Industrial Area Development Authority and Adityapur Small Industries Association.

Adityapur industrial hub boasts 900-odd units. Of these, over 70 per cent firms make auto parts. The hi-tech lab, common business centre, common effluent treatment plant and waste management unit will be used by all.