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Projects review before secy visit

Ranchi, July 24: Union steel secretary G. Mohan Kumar is scheduled to visit Jharkhand on August 13 to review the status of proposed Greenfield steel projects, many of which are stalled.

As a precursor to the high--profile visit, officiating chief secretary Sajal Chakraborty today reviewed pending projects, MoUs for which were signed years ago.

Consequently, projects of round half a dozen “serious players” were looked at, including those of Tata Steel, Mukand Steel, Jindal Steel & Power Limited (JSPL), JSW Steels and Essar Steel.

Among the major decisions taken today was the restoration of water from Chandil reservoir for JSW Steels which is setting up a steel mill in the Sonahatu-Baranda area of Ranchi district.

“Chief secretary has ordered to restore water supply for JSW Steels from Chandil reservoir. A decision has also been taken to ensure that JSPL’s MoUs for Godda and Patratu be merged and given extension after due vetting from the state mines & geology and energy departments,” state industry director Dipankar Panda said.

He revealed that the Union steel secretary was scheduled to visit Ranchi on August 3 and would hold a review meeting at Project Building the same day.

The chief secretary directed Ramgrah deputy commissioner to expedite transfer tribal land in Barlanga village near Gola to Mukand Steel which has already acquired a big chunk of land in the area.

Chakraborty also directed officials to provide Tata Steel land for compensatory afforestation against the land it would acquire for a Greenfield project. The company has been looking for land in Seraikela-Kharsawan and West Singhbhum districts but is yet to make any significant acquisition.

Sources in the state industry department revealed that today, Chakraborty was to review around 20 steel projects, but representatives of several companies did not make it to the meeting.

The state has so far cancelled as many as 38 MoUs out of over 75 in steel and other sectors.

During another meeting with secretaries of various departments, Chakraborty ordered the setting up of a liaison office in Delhi where “effective” and “responsible” officials would be posted.

“The Centre releases first instalment funds for its schemes in August. So, a liaison office is the need of the hour,” he explained.