Mangaluru

Proposed KIOCL projects will help create 511 direct jobs, 1,500 indirect employment avenues, says MECON Ltd.

The KIOCL plant in Mangaluru.

The KIOCL plant in Mangaluru.  

The projects are: two Ductile Iron Spun Pipe Plants and a 10 MW capacity co-generation Captive Power Plant

Three new projects proposed by KIOCL Limited in Baikampady Industrial Area will help create 511 direct jobs and provide indirect employment to 1,500 people, according to a government agency.

The projects proposed by the company are setting up 2 lakh tonne per annum capacity Ductile Iron Spun Pipe Plant, 1.8 lakh tonne per annum (LTPA) capacity Ductile Iron Spun Pipe Plant and a 10 MW capacity co-generation Captive Power Plant.

At a public hearing for issuing environmental clearance for the projects here on Thursday, MECON Ltd., a Union government undertaking which is the Environmental Impact Assessment consultant for the proposed projects, said that the projects would cost about ₹ 836.9 crore.

Karnataka State Pollution Control Board (KSPCB) organised the hearing. An official of MECON Ltd. told the gathering that there was no need to acquire any land for the projects as 166.16 acres of land are available with KIOCL. Hence, the question of rehabilitating and resettlement will not arise. Of the total land available, setting up of Ductile Iron Spun Pipe Plant required 11 acres and Coke Oven Plant needed 9.26 acres. In all, 54.8 acres will be reserved for the green belt.

A representative from a village near the KIOCL plant in Panambur speaking during the public hearing at St. Antony Church, Kuluru, in Mangaluru on Thursday.

A representative from a village near the KIOCL plant in Panambur speaking during the public hearing at St. Antony Church, Kuluru, in Mangaluru on Thursday.  

He said that if the government gave all approvals required the project works are expected to start from the current financial year.

Referring to water requirement, the official said that the projects needed 2.65 lakh litres of water per hour. The water recovered from the pellet plant will be used in the blast furnace complex.

The sites of projects will not come under the coastal regulatory zone and they are not in the forest area.

Replying to the concerns expressed by the people, Director (Production and Projects), KIOCL Ltd. N. Vidyananda told the gathering that the company would take all precautions to control dust pollution, if any, by the projects. Hence, people need not have any apprehensions on the health hazards likely to be caused by the proposed projects.

He said that the direct job recruitment will have to be done as per the guidelines of the government. However, the company can help people in providing indirect employment.

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