Chhattisgarh takes hard stand on delayed implementation of project

Last Updated: Tue, Jan 22, 2013 19:40 hrs

Chhattisgarh government is in a hurry; wants the industry to show the result in just two-and-a-half month of inking deal with it.

The state government Tuesday organised a review meeting to note the status of the Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs) it had inked with the industries during the Global Investors’ Meet held on November 2-3 last year. Not even three months have pass, the state government wants the results.

“The state government will scrap the MoU if the company showed reluctance in moving ahead with the proposal,” fumed state’s industry minister Rajesh Munat at the meeting. The government would not compromise on any delay in the implementation of the projects, he added.

The review meeting came at a time when most of the industries that had expressed interest to invest in the state had not even selected the place. “It is government to give us land and without it how can a company proceed ahead,” said an industrialist putting up a solar energy plant.

In all, 410 MoUs were signed during the two-day meet—all in the downstream industries. The state government had claimed that the proposals would draw an investment of Rs 160000 crore in the state.

The officials later sat with the industrialists in groups and discussed about the problems that they were facing before starting the work. The issue of land, water and concession—the main components for the investment—were discussed.

The officials said that they would solve the issues of industries on the basis of feedback it would receive from it. However, the issue of core industry did not figure during the meet even as many big groups were waiting for their turn.

Though the officials claimed that the representatives of the core industry were not invited, heads of a few companies were present. Industry Secretary Dinesh Shrivastawa refused to comment on the issue.

Tata Steel is waiting for the land allotment from the government for its Bastar Steel Plant while Essar had requested to change the venue for its steel plant from Dantewada to other place. But there was no listener for them.

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