MH: JNPT Liquid Bulk Terminal Project

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs has given green signal for the development of an additional liquid bulk terminal at Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT), Navi Mumbai. The estimated total cost would be Rs 2496 crore. The award would be on highest ‘Royalty’ basis. The project will be taken up for implementation under the private public partnership (PPP) mode on design, build, finance, operate and transfer (DBFOT) basis. The project is envisaged to be implemented in two phases with overall capacity as 26.6 million tonnes per annum (MTPA). Phase I envisages construction of four berths to accommodate vessels size up to 180,000 Dead Weight Tonnage (DWT) with a capacity of 15 MTPA. Phase II envisages construction of two additional berths for 180,000 DWT vessels with a capacity of 11.6 MTPA. The project would enhance the liquid bulk cargo handling capacity of JNPT from the existing 5.5 MTPA to 20.5 MTPA by 2017-18 when Phase-I is expected to be commissioned. Capacity would go up to 32.1 MTPA with the commissioning of Phase-II by 2025-26. This infrastructure will facilitate industrial growth in the hinterland and also reduce transaction cost for users who are suffering high waiting time in the existing berths. The project will also create, additional employment opportunities and lead to socio-economic development of the region. Private participation is expected to improve efficiency in handling of bulk liquid cargo through state-of-the-art technology and also by applying improved management...

WB: DVC project stalled in land protest

Purulia district magistrate Tanmoy Chakraborty has asked the Damodar Valley Corporation to put on hold the laying of water pipes required for a thermal power plant unit, saying he wants to talk to a section of land-losers who are protesting seeking jobs.The first 600MW unit in the first phase of the DVC’s 2520MW Raghunathpur Thermal Power Project is set for commissioning in November. Water supply essential for thermal power generation will be sourced from the Panchet dam, 10.5km from the project, situated at Dumdumi in Raghunathpur sub-division of Purulia. “The laying of the water corridor, which is 20m wide all along the 10.5km length, involves taking up of a total of 51 acre. This will enable setting up of pipelines which have to carry 3,000 cubic metres of water per hour for each of the four units that will ultimately come up at Dumdumi,” said Debashis Dutta, the superintending engineer of the project. District officials said the acquisition process had started in 2007-2008 and the compensation offered was between Rs 2 lakh and Rs 3.5 lakh per acre. “There are about 1,600 land-losers, of whom about 700 people have taken their compensation cheques,” an official said.“Landowners of 80 per cent of the plots that have been acquired have collected their cheques. The remaining 20 per cent of the land was, however, owned by 50 per cent of the landowners. Since their holdings were small and the compensation amount was not that significant, they have demanded jobs with the DVC as well. This is where the stalemate lies,” the SDO explained. Dutta said a little over 1km of the pipeline...

WB: Power Plant Project stalled awaiting new land policy

Prasoon Mukherjee-controlled Universal Success Enterprises Ltd’s proposed power plant has been hobbled by the government’s decision to draft a policy. Mukherjee, who was recently offered land at Raghunathpur in Purulia district for setting up a power plant, has always been able to get files cleared by the state government quickly. His project, which envisages an investment of Rs.12,450 crore, has been stalled, said state government officials, who did not want to be named. A logistics hub proposed by a car maker and a Rs.1,000-crore factory for manufacturing high-end sanitaryware are among several other industrial projects that have been delayed by the land policy, said the state government officials cited above. The aim is to create a transparent policy for distribution of land for industrial projects, government officers said. Because the erstwhile Left Front government had no such policy, several officers are now being hauled up for executive decisions relating to allotment of land for industrial and real projects. Hence, a committee of secretaries has been formed to draft the said policy on the lines of the ruling Trinamool Congress party’s stand on land usage. Chief minister Mamata Banerjee, who seized power from the Left Front riding on a mass movement against farmland acquisition, made it clear within months of forming the government that she would not snatch land from private possession. This has already resulted in several industrial groups pulling the plug on proposed manufacturing facilities in West Bengal. Because of fragmented landholding in the state, it is difficult for companies to acquire land on their own. The proposed policy will govern the distribution of land already owned by...

WB: Raghunathpur Township Project

The state government has come up with a land use and development control plan (LUDCP) for the proposed Raghunathpur industrial township on a 29,000-acre barren and less fertile land identified in Purulia. It will prepare a land policy to determine the kind of industries that can be set up in the area and at what rate prospective investors could buy land from landowners. State urban development minister Firhad Hakim said that the department will also conduct an economic corridor survey on how new roads could be set up in the area to develop the infrastructure. A plan is on to set up a six-lane corridor that will connect Raniganj to Dhanbad via Raghunathpur. “The chief minister wants industries to be developed in the area and we are working accordingly,” the minister said. The government has been lately stressing on developing micro, small and medium scale industries. Senior government officials said that setting up an industrial township along with residential clusters in Raghunathpur and its surrounding areas will help develop the socio economic-condition of people. as more job opportunities will be created and more people will be able to start living in what is presently lying idol as unused barren and low productivity land that mostly do not have any agricultural value. According to estimates, the present land price of the area is about Rs 1 lakh per acre, which is very nominal compared to other areas. In Rajarhat New Town, Hidco have been auctioning land for record prices. For example, Hidco had fetched Rs 51.13 crore for a 2.5-acre plot, which is equivalent to more than Rs 20 crore...

KA: Amrutotsava Bhavan project stalled

With Information Minister R. Roshan Baig ordering the authorities to stop the work on Amrutotsava Bhavan, the dream of Karnataka to have a permanent venue to organise Bangalore International Film Festival (BIFFes) on the lines of Nandan in Kolkata and Siri Fort in New Delhi has come crashing down. This development has disappointed the organisers of BIFFes and film enthusiasts, who were expecting that an exclusive venue will be ready for BIFFes that is coming up in December. Following an appeal by the Karnataka Chalanachitra Academy (KCA) that has been organising BIFFes from the past three years, the government had decided to develop Amrutotsava Bhavan as permanent venue. Making an announcement on developing Amrutotsava Bhavan as the permanent BIFFes venue, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah had earmarked Rs. 10 crore in this year’s budget for developing multiplex theatres with four-screen facility to organise BIFFes, and to establish a film museum in Amrutotsava Bhavan that is under construction at Nandini Layout. Speaking to presspersons, Mr. Baig said he had directed the authorities to stop construction as the quality and the facility in the structure would not match the expected international standards to organise BIFFes. “I proposed to the Chief Minister to shift the venue and he agreed to that,” he added. According to official sources, a decision was taken to build the Amrutotsava Bhavan to mark 75 years of Kannada cinema. Initial plan was to develop Madhyama Bhavan and Amrutotsava Bhavan on 2.5 acres of land allotted by the Bangalore Development Authority in Nandini Layout. However, bowing to the pressure from the Karnataka Film Chamber of Commerce, it was finally decided to...

AS: Project stalled over coal link

he absence of coal linkage has become a major hurdle in the execution of the 500MW Margherita thermal power project in Upper Assam. Assam power minister Pradyut Bordoloi today said work on the proposed project to be set up at Lekhapani in Tinsukia district could not start, as the Centre is yet to grant coal linkage for the project. “Around 2,000 bighas of land has been acquired for the project and we are now awaiting the coal linkage to start work on it,” he said. The Assam government had written to the Union ministry of coal in November 2011, requesting for coal linkage from the North Eastern Coal Fields (NECF) of Coal India Limited for the project but nothing has been done so far. The state government had sought linkage of 1 million metric tonnes of coal for the Margherita project. Bordoloi also criticised the Centre for imposing fresh restriction on carrying of electricity from eastern region to the northeastern region. “On May 26, the day when Narendra Modi took oath as Prime Minister, the carrying capacity of the grid was reduced from 720MW to 500MW by the National Load Dispatch Centre, which created more problems for us,” he said, accusing the Modi government of throttling power supply to the state. “We have already taken up the matter with the Centre and I also request Sonowal to raise the issue at the cabinet meeting of the BJP government to be held in Delhi tomorrow in the greater interest of the state,” he said. The Assam unit of BJP, however, denied Bordoloi’s charges questioning how the Modi government could impose...