UP help sought for land allotment to industrial projects

Written by Press Trust of India | Lucknow | Updated: Sep 20 2011, 05:59am hrs
The steel ministry on Monday sought support of the UP government in getting land for setting up industrial projects in the state.

Development (of Uttar Pradesh) is not possible without industrial growth. But there are problems in getting land here due to some reasons. I ask the state government to support the ministry, which is ready to whatever is needed for the purpose, Union steel minister Beni Prasad Verma said reporters on Monday.

The minister said that due to non-availability of land in Jhansi, NTPC had to set up plant in Madhya Pradesh, adding that Rail Coach Factory project got delayed due to the same reason. He said that ministry was setting up steel processing units in Hardoi, Mirzapur, Jhansi and Gonda besides planning to set up a steel plant in Lalitpur.

We can set up a plant in Lalitpur but it will needed 1,000-2,000 acres of land, which is a problem ... We will see what can be done, Verma said, adding that production in Malvika Steel at Jagdish is expected to start by 2012.

Replying to a question, Verma accepted that profit of SAIL had decreased in the last quarter due to hike in cooking coal prices.

About the allegations of fund misuse in his constituency Gonda, Verma said that money was spent from corporate social responsibility (CSR) fund in these areas.

I belong to the area and whatever I have done is natural and normal. Being representative of the area, people have expectations from me and I have done nothing wrong, he said. About the measures taken by the minister to increase steel production, Verma said that by 2020 India would become second steel producer in the country after China with production of 200 mt of steel.