Plastic Park to come up at Tinsukia, Assam
Plastic Park to come up at Tinsukia, AssamGuwahati, Mar 3 (KNN) The Assam Government is developing a Rs 94 crore Plastic Park at Gelapukhuri , Tinsukia offering investment opportunities to the industries in this field.
About 500 acres of land has been identified for the proposed the park which is located 3-4 kms from the Tinsukia town, according to the Assam Industrial Development Corporation Limited.
The proposed Assam gas cracker project which will supply the raw materials for the units is about 50 kms from the site. It is 5 kms from the Railway Station and 45 km from Dibrugarh Airport.
Facilities proposed to be developed in the plastic park are developed plots, internal roads, water supply system, Captive Power Plant with Supply system; Internal Drainage system, Boundary wall, Street Lighting, Medical Centre / Recreation Centre / Canteen, etc.
The proposed Tinsukia Plastic Park should have a world class infrastructure and business environment to attract large units in the country. The Park will be equipped with world class industrial, commercial, social and administrative support infrastructure including residential areas, entertainment and recreational facilities, captive power plant, third party logistics services offering seamless connectivity with the markets.
All the common facilities like training, Q.C, designing, tool rooms, recycling units etc would be integrated into the project to make it self-sufficient in all respect. The entire complex would be developed by involving a professional private developer.
A Plastic Park is normally planned based on the availability of raw materials, market demand; availability of skilled manpower, strategic location of state, attractive incentives from both State and Central Government.
Based on the availability of natural gas in Assam a Gas Cracker unit is under implementation at Lepetkata in the Dibrugarh district. The potential of this project if exploited to its full will create avenues for generating employment direct and in-direct to a minimum of one lakh people in its ancillaries, downstream and other services related enterprises. This provides tremendous scope for development of downstream plastic industries.
In order to facilitate the growth of plastic industries the Government of Assam wants to set up a plastic park near the gas cracker project and has for this purpose identified 500 acres of land in Tinsukia District of which around 400 acres is in the advanced stage of acquisition.
The present plastic consumption pattern (1-2 Kg) in the State of Assam is much below the national average (6-7 Kg), mainly due to the shortage of raw material and other connected issues.
Considering that the plastic market is supply driven, it is expected that consumption of plastic products in the region will increase many fold with the setting up of more units once raw material is readily available from the project.
The main reason for low level of polymer consumption in the State is the absence of polymer processing facilities associated with high transportation cost of products from outside the State. Absence of adequate industrial/construction sectors is also one of the reasons for low consumption of plastic products in the industrial sector.
The national per capita consumption of plastic was 1 Kg during eighties which was increased to 1.8 kg during nineties and after establishment of petrochemical complexes of RIL, IPCL, GAIL and HPL, the consumption jumped to over 4 Kg at present. Therefore, the N.E. region too can be expected to achieve consumption level at per with the national level if localized availability of these products at affordable prices is made possible.
The picture is also clear considering the fact that production of polymer in the country during 1990-91 was 0.9 million tonnes which was increased to 4 million tonnes during 2002-2003. The per capita consumption of plastic in India still far behind the consumption level of China (14 Kg) and the world (24 Kg) and hence, tremendous scope exists for expansion of polymer sector in the State where it is still in the nascent stage.
The Government of India had planned to reach per capita consumption level of 6 Kg by 2009 and aimed to achieve major polymer consumers in the world by 2012.
The total population of the N.E. region is around 40 million where Assam's share is 27 million constituting around 67 per cent of the total population. The State has highly favourable factors for development of plastic processing industries due to attractive fiscal incentives both from the State and Central Government's Industrial Policies.
The State of Assam is the entry point for the entire North Eastern region surrounded by international borders with South East Asian countries offers tremendous scope for polymer market including scope for exports.
Envisaging a demand for skilled manpower with the commissioning of the Gas Cracker unit the Government of Assam with support from the Government of India has drawn out a massive plan to overcome this demand. Special high end technical courses have been introduced in Universities, Colleges and Institutes to develop specialized technical personnel.
Further, to develop the skilled labour force all the Industrial Training Institutes in the state have been equipped and courses started. CIPET (Central Institute for Plastic Engineering and Technology) at Guwahati has also introduced specialized courses and also cooperating in developing the skilled labour force through the ITIs.
Mott MacDonald has been assigned to make a detailed study on downstream of Gas Cracker unit suggests Tinsukia for locating Plastic Park Vicinity to the raw material source and availability of all other required parameters like availability of power, water, transport communication the project is proposed at Gelapukhuri near the Tinsukia Town. (KNN/ES)
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