State to complete PPACB construction by Dec

Bhubaneswar: Setting the target to complete the construction of Plastic, Polymer & Allied Cluster in Balasore (PPACB) by end of December, 2012, state government today put the project on the fast track.

The construction of a railway siding to the PPACB will start after getting formal approval from Railway authorities, chief secretary B K Patnaik said.

The Chief Secretary also asked the concered officials to prepare the DPR (detailed project report) within two weeks to be submitted to South Eastern Railway. Strengthening of power distribution infrastructure was expected to be completed by July this year, he said.

The cluster would come up in three industrial areas of Ganeswarpur, Somnathpur and Balgopalpur area on the outskrits of Balasore town.

A Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) has been formed with representatives from Government of India, Government of Odisha and North Odisha Chamber of Commerce & Industries( NOCCI) to ground the Rs 81.90 crore project.

The Project was planned with two main components like Integrated Logistic Hub and Common Facility Hub. The Integrated logistic hub will have Ware House (over 33790 sq ft), Truck Parking with commercial area (over 9000 sq feet) and Railway Sidings (over 1 km).

The Common Facility Hub will have facilities like Machine Room (over 14000 sq feet), Testing and Training Center (over 9500 Sq, feet), Exposition Center, Trade Center (over 26900 sq feet), Auditorium ( 6450 sq feet), Executive Hostel ( 18750 sq. feet), convention hall and Craft Village over (13450 sq. feet). .

The cluster will have external linkages for water supply from river Budhabalanga for which the budget estimate has been around Rs 14 crore, an official said adding that construction of a bypass Road to the cluster has been taken up with a budget estimate of Rs 5.43 crore. The bypass road is expected to be completed by June, 2012.

The officials have also been asked to strengthen power distribution infrastructure so as to ensure quality power supply to the cluster. The construction of different components are in various stages of completion, they said.