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Chief secy push for delayed Jindal projects

Ranchi, Aug. 28: Chief secretary Sudhir Prasad today reviewed the progress of a number of projects undertaken by Jindal Steel and Power Limited (JSPL) in Jharkhand.

Also, Project Monitoring Group (PMG) at the Cabinet Secretariat under the Prime Ministerís Office will again take stock of projects initiated by the Jindals as well as other private and public sector undertakings at a meeting scheduled on September 15 in the state capital.

Today, during the meeting, JSPLís senior officials, who arrived in Ranchi from Delhi, raised matters related with land and said that acquisition had been posing big hurdles for their projects.

Officials of the state revenue and land reforms department, the water resources department were also present.

The JSPL officials, including president S.K. Prasad, executive vice-president P.V.K. Charan and general manager S.K. Saha, expressed their willingness to use the electricity to be generated at JSPLís upcoming power plant in Godda district in its existing iron and steel manufacturing facilities at Patratu, Ramgarh, around 45km from the capital.

Sources said as per the MoU signed by the Jindals and the government, the proposed Godda plant was supposed to feed a proposed 5MTPA steel mill coming up at Asanboni near Jamshedpur.

With the Asanboni project moving at a snailís pace due to land-related problems, among others, the steel and power major sought the permission for using power at Patratu plant.

The sources added that the company so far could acquire only 170 acres of government land and 800 acres of private land as against a total requirement of 676 acres and 1,500 acres, respectively.

Taking note of the companyís grievances, the chief secretary asked land and revenue department officials to fix rates of different kind of land and help expedite the acquisition process.

Sources with the state industry department maintained that the chief secretary stressed on the need for an effective single window system to resolve such issue fast.

Director (industries) Dipankar Panda said the Project Monitoring Group (PMG) headed by Anil Swarup, additional secretary with the Cabinet Committee on Investments (CCI), would review the status of both public and private sector projects on September 15.

Apart from the issues raised by JSPL today, the PMG, set up by the UPA government in June 2013, will also track projects namely Paradip-Khunti oil pipeline of Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IOCL), pending railway projects, Tata Steelís greenfield project in Seraikela-Kharsawan, among others.