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Bokaro: Hemant lays foundation stone for Dalmia plant, asks industries to use land judiciously

Bokaro: Chief minister Hemant Soren laid the foundation stone of a unit of Dalmia cement plant in Bokaro’s Balidih industrial area, three months after signing a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the company and urged all industries operating in the state to ensure that they pursue their projects with sincerity promising full cooperation from the state government.

Touching on land acquisition, a sensitive issue for this landlocked state, Soren asked industries to use the chunks for land only for the purpose they were acquired to prevent unwanted protests and resentment from the locals. He said, “If land has been given for industries, use it for the very purpose. Don’t keep it empty or allow any kind of encroachments on it. It is because the local landlords, raiyyats and the likes part with their lands with great hope and when the purpose for which it is taken doesn’t fructify, it leads to resentment.”

Bokaro district is home to one of the oldest steel plants in the country—Bokaro Steel Plant. Referring to it, Soren said that they are working to bring back the company in its past glory. “Once it used to be one of the biggest steel plants in the Asia but has suffered poor fate over the years. Even though it is a public sector undertaking but the state government too is working on ways to turn its fortunes,” he said stressing that the government has come up with a new industrial policy titled Jharkhand Industrial and Investment Promotion Policy – 2021 with sole intention to bolster investments and industries which in turn can generate more jobs in the state. “The new investment policy is being hailed by many as one of the best in the country. Soon, many more investments will start coming to this state,” he promised.

The government has given 16 acres of land to Dalmia for its second unit in Balidih. The company is expected to pump in Rs 567 crores for the project, which is expected to be ready in a year and half. With this, the total capacity of the company will become 6.2 MTPA.