Ranchi MP Subodh Kant Sahay, then governor Syed Sibtey Razi and his wife and yoga practitioner Ramdev during the foundation ceremony of the food park in 2009
An ambitious mega food park project in Ranchi, which is lying in a limbo for years, is expected to see the light of the day this August.
While full-fledged construction is going on to ready infrastructure at a 56-acre plot at Getalsud Industrial Area in Angada block, the industry department will float a tender in June, inviting prospective entrepreneurs to invest in the park that will have 32 food processing units. Before leaving Jharkhand, former chief secretary R.S Sharma finalised the modalities at a review meeting with senior officials.
“The review meeting on April 23 discussed the progress of work and the factors delaying the project. Finally, it was decided that matters would be speeded up and entrepreneurs would be invited to set up units in June. If all goes well, the mega food park will start functioning from August,” Dipankar Panda, director of state industry department, said.
Speaking about the ongoing work at the site, Panda said that roads, cold storage facilities, boundary walls separating the food processing units were being constructed. This apart, power and water connections and a drainage network are being installed.
The Rs 113-crore project, the foundation stone of which was laid in 2009 by Union minister Subodh Kant Sahay, is being set up by Jharkhand Mega Food Park Limited (JMFPL). The industry department had allocated land.
But the project had been dragging on all this while and picked up pace only last year.
According to vice-president of Jharkhand Small Industries Association Sharad Poddar, several factors starting from delay in getting no-objection certificate to incomplete infrastructure had delayed the food park.
“Last year, we had failed to get pollution clearance certificate from the state pollution board. This year, we are trying our best to get the clearance soon so that work can start by August,” he added.
If industry officials are to be believed, as many as 15,000 people will get employment after the 32 units start functioning at the park. Even farmers will benefit as entrepreneurs will purchase their produce, process them at the park and then sell them at the market after packaging.
Some food items that are likely to be made at the Getalsud facility are noodles, spices, fruits, vegetables units and flour.