Bhadrak, Jan 28 (LocalWire) The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) called a six-hour bandh in Bhadrak protesting alleged delay by the Odisha government in alloting land to Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IOCL) for setting up a textiles park at Bhadrak.
The 6 am to 12 pm bandh affected normal life across the district with agitators staging road blockades on National Highway (NH)-16 near Banta Chhak and a “Rail Roko” at Manjuri road.
Educational institutions, business establishments, government offices, courts and markets remained closed.
However, emergency services were kept outside the purview of the bandh.
BJP Mahila Morcha member Manasmita Khuntia said: “The Chief Minister is supporting anti-industries policies in the state.”
Pertyinently, the Industrial Promotion and Investment Corporation of Odisha Limited (IPICOL) has already said it is waiting for updated information on increased project cost and land requirement of IOCL for setting up the textiles park at Bhadrak.
In light of the media reports regarding the alleged delay in allotment of additional land to IOCL for setting up a textiles park at Bhadrak in Odisha, the IPICOL issued a rejoinder saying: “The State Government is keen to expedite grounding of the project for which IOCL has been intimated to submit the fresh proposal with clear justification for seeking additional land and increase in investment.”
“This will then be placed at the SLSWCA for recommendation to High Level Clearance Authority which disposes investment proposals with a project cost of more than Rs 1000 crores,” it said.
“It is to be noted that although the unit’s capacity has been reduced from 324 KTPA to 300 KTPA, there is a huge increase in the project cost and land requirement,” said the IPICOL.
It said several rounds of discussion were conducted with IOCL in this regard and requests were made to provide adequate justification for huge increase in investment and land requirement.
“The required information is awaited,” said the IPICOL.
Earlier, the IOCL had submitted a proposal on Apr 19, 2018 through Government of Odisha – Single Window for Investor Facilitation and Tracking (GO-SWIFT) to set up polyester product manufacturing unit in Textile Park, Bhandaripokahri, Bhadrak.
The capacity of the unit was 324KTPA with a total investment of Rs 975.10 cr.
In the submitted proposal, IOCL had informed that it has received in-principle go ahead to set up a joint venture effort with MCPI Private Limited (Materials Chemicals and Performance Intermediaries Private Limited and formerly known as MCC PTA India Corp. Private Limited).
This proposal was approved in-principle in the 78th State Level Single Window Clearance Authority (SLSWCA), held on May 30, 2018 under the chairmanship of Chief Secretary and the same was communicated to IOCL.
“At this stage, IOCL was asked to submit the detailedlayout plan in respect of the land requirement of 35 acres, which was mentioned as one of the conditions in SLSWCA in-principle approval letter,” said the IPICOL.
“However, instead of submitting the detailed layout plan, IOCL submitted a revised investment proposal on 10th August, 2018 through GO-SWIFT mentioning the unit capacity as 300KTPA with a total investment of Rs1,970.52 Cr and asked for additional 40 acres of contiguous land citing the revised land requirement to be 75 acres,” it said.