Jamshedpur, Sept. 3: Concerned over the land crunch in the State�s largest industry hub, Adityapur Industrial Area, the Adityapur Industrial Area Development Authority (AIADA), has started hunt for fresh lands in the nearby areas.
As per the plans, AIADA will spread its wings to Musabani in Ghatshila sub-division of East Singhbhum.
The apex industrial body would extend its presence in Ghatshila sub-division after the Hindustan Copper Ltd (HCL) handed over a large chunk of land which it would keep in its possession to the East Singhbhum district administration recently.
The unutilised HCL land, about 700 acres which was returned back to the district administration recently is likely to go in the AIADA’s bag.
Hari Kumar Keshri, secretary of the industry body recently also visited Musabani for site selection and verifying whether the 700 acres of land could be used for industrial use.
“We are in the process to inspect the land at Musabani and its feasibility for setting up the industrial area there only. Moreover, we have already submitted a petition with the East Singhbhum district administration seeking to acquire the land,” said Keshri.
The AIADA secretary said once they finalise they would proceed for acquiring the land at Musabani and will subsequently develop it for allotment to entrepreneurs.
Additional deputy commissioner, East Singhbhum, Sunil Kumar also accompanied Keshri during the visit.
A senior official of AIADA said the industry body proposes to set-up about 1,000 small and medium scale units at Musabani.
Notably, spread over 3,000 acres of land in Adityapur and Gamharia, the Adityapur industrial area under AIADA has already reached its saturation point so far the availability of land is concerned.
Despite over 1,200 industrial units have been set up in the Adityapur industrial area, more and more entrepreneurs are turning up for setting up their units in Adityapur. The pressure put by the entrepreneurs for industrial land had led the AIADA to scout for land in places other than Adityapur and Gamharia.
According to information about 70 odd projects are hanging fire in the absence of adequate land for the projects to take off on the ground.
Meanwhile, Adityapur Small Industries Association’s official SN Thakur said that several entrepreneurs are forced to look beyond Jharkhand due to lack of availability of plot.
Steps should be taken to increase availability of land to the industrialists. This will be a great achievement and will prove boon towards development of State of Jharkhand especially Kolhan.
� After the formation of a stable Government we have been asked to focus on industrial development. Moreover, the result has also boosted the moral of the industrialists and traders.
We will work to ensure that the investors are given all the facilities hassle-free and under one roof so that they can move ahead with their projects,� noted an official of AIADA.