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Auto lab readies for July launch

A hi-tech laboratory, an important component of the Rs 65-crore Adityapur auto cluster project, is inching closer to inauguration.

The board of directors of Adityapur Auto Cluster Limited (AACL) — a special purpose vehicle formed to develop infrastructure in the industrial town, 5km from Jamshedpur, in Seraikela-Kharsawan district — will meet on June 14 to decide on a July date for commissioning of the project.

“Construction of the lab is almost complete. During the board meeting, we shall zero in on the debut date and the chief guest,” R.K. Sinha, the managing director of AACL, said on Wednesday.

Sources in the Adityapur industrial area said that the authorities were mulling an invite to a Union minister, either D.V. Sadananda Gowda who is in charge of railways or Kalraj Mishra who holds the micro, small and medium enterprises portfolio.

The civil wing of telecom major Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited is executing the lab, which is expected to provide tailor-made solutions in designing auto components. It is the first and the only of its kind in the eastern region and will benefit around 800 automobile units based in Adityapur.

Sprawling over 30,000sqft, the double-storeyed and centrally air-conditioned laboratory building on Tata-Kandra Road has entailed an investment of Rs 12 crore. Machines worth Rs 10 crore have already been procured too while a second consignment of Rs 22 crore is expected to arrive in the next couple of months.

Regarding a hazardous waste management facility, which will come up on 25 acres in Dugni in the same district, Sinha said they had recently received the nod from the Union ministry of forest environment to launch the project. “This facility is one of the three key elements of the cluster. We are glad to get the go-ahead, which was pending for a long time. Work will begin soon.”

The common effluent treatment plant, which is being set up on 12 acres in the large sector of the industrial area, will start functioning in the next two months, he added.


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