RUKSIN, Apr 21: Industries Director Rajiv Takuk visited the Industrial Growth Centre (IGC) at Niglok-Ngorlung village in East Siang district on Saturday to take stock of its progress, and expressed discontent over the alleged “illegal approach” made by the state’s education department in using plots of land and buildings inside the IGC.
Takuk said that while the education department was seeking plots and buildings for use, no official process was taking place inside it, which he said would make it difficult for the industries department to hand over the land and other assets to the education department.
Also expressing concern that some companies which have leased rented plots and industrial sheds in the IGC are not utilizing the plots and buildings in a productive way, the director assured the people that the problems would be taken up with the industries ministry to initiate steps to relinquish the defunct industrial units.
He also assured of taking steps to prevent trespass/unauthorized entry into the IGC premises.
The director, accompanied by Deputy Director of Industries (DDI) M Jamoh and local panchayat leaders, also inspected the construction work for the 132/33 kv grid power substation and other manufacturing units set up in the IGC, and interacted with the company executives.
At present, a packaged drinking water factory, two stone crusher units, a ferro-alloy, ferro-silicon industry, and a tiles factory are operating inside the industrial complex.
The DDI informed the director that the IGC has realized more than Rs 80.89 lakh as lease/rent from various industrial units during 2017-18.
He said the NF Railway, which has acquisitioned about 18 acres industry land for construction of a BG railway, has paid Rs 13.46 crore as compensation to the state’s industry department.
Located 8 km north of Ruksin gate on the Assam-Arunachal boundary here, the Niglok-Ngorlung IGC is one of the major industrial projects in the Northeastern region. It was established in 1998 with central funding, but due to terrible road communication and lack of power supply in the area, the industrial centre is yet to see the light of day.