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Government to develop land around Raghunathpur

Comments Off on Government to develop land around Raghunathpur   |   October 1, 2013    09:29am   |Contributed by manoja

KOLKATA: The state government has come up with a land use and development control plan (LUDCP) for the proposed Raghunathpur industrial township on a 29,000-acre barren and less fertile land identified in Purulia. It will prepare a land policy to determine the kind of industries that can be set up in the area and at what rate prospective investors could buy land from landowners.

State urban development minister Firhad Hakim said that the department will also conduct an economic corridor survey on how new roads could be set up in the area to develop the infrastructure.

A plan is on to set up a six-lane corridor that will connect Raniganj to Dhanbad via Raghunathpur. “The chief minister wants industries to be developed in the area and we are working accordingly,” the minister said.

According to the plan, industrial clusters will be set up surrounded by residential areas. “Unlike Rajarhat New Town, the government will not acquire any land here but facilitate developing the civic infrastructure such as roads, streetlights and solid waste disposal system so that an integrated industrial-cum-residential township could be built,” an official said.

The government has been lately stressing on developing micro, small and medium scale industries. Senior government officials said that setting up an industrial township along with residential clusters in Raghunathpur and its surrounding areas will help develop the socio economic-condition of people. as more job opportunities will be created and more people will be able to start living in what is presently lying idol as unused barren and low productivity land that mostly do not have any agricultural value.

According to estimates, the present land price of the area is about Rs 1 lakh per acre, which is very nominal compared to other areas. In Rajarhat New Town, Hidco have been auctioning land for record prices. For example, Hidco had fetched Rs 51.13 crore for a 2.5-acre plot, which is equivalent to more than Rs 20 crore per acre.

The government has decided to develop the infrastructure for industry units to come up there. Landowners would be able to start their own business. Also, investors will be able to directly approach the landowners to buy land from them to set up industry units.

With the Asansol industrial zone on one side and the newly inaugurated Aerotropolis project in Andal on another, the government is trying to cash in on these places to develop a plan for Raghunathpur. The government recently got a major boost with the Centre uplifting the industry ban at the industrial clusters of Haldia and Asansol, clearing the hurdle for the government to take on new industrial initiative in the areas.

Besides, the government is also planning to develop the area as a prospective tourist destination. A project report has been placed before the tourism department to work on this plan.


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