Jharkhand kickstarts auto SEZ project at Adityapur

Kolkata, July 31 | Updated: Aug 1 2005, 06:31am hrs
Zeroing in on the automative sector after steel, the Jharkhand government has kickstarted the process to promote their latest project, automobile and auto-component special economic zone (SEZ), at Adityapur.

IL&FS Infrastructure Development Corporation, the advisor for the project, has invited bids for consultants to prepare a detailed project report.

The consultant would carry out a detailed survey to assess the demand for SEZ, informed sources told PTI.

The last date for submitting bids by prospective consultants is August 18. This newly proposed SEZ could hit West Bengal hard which was also trying to attract auto companies to invest in the state.

Jharkhand had an edge over its neighbouring state (West Bengal) for having raw material steel. The SEZ is close to Jamshedpur which houses Tata Steel.

And many other majors producers had expressed interest in setting up mega steel projects in the state. The Jharkhand government itself was planning to set up a steel park in Jamshedpur to faciliate more investors in the steel sector.

Explaining the role of the consultant, sources said, he would be required to prepare a detailed project master plan indicating the various phases/stages of the projects. The plan would also carry-out detailed topography survey, sample geo-technical investigations, land use distribution and area analysis.

The consultant would also be required to prepare the technical feasibility report, including assessment of onsite and offsite infrastructure required for SEZ alongwith the cost estimates.

The SEZ would be spread over 90 acres of land in Ramchanderpur (52.96 acres), Shrirampur (17.57 acres) and Shikhadih (19.47 acres).

Adityapur Industrial Area Development Authority (AIADA) is the implementing agency and has already acquired the land.

The Jharkhand government had already received Centres nod last month for the product specific SEZ (auto and auto-component) at Adityapur located between Seraikela- Kharsawan district.