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Revival of Tuli Paper Mill hits roadblock
Dimapur,Oct 2 (NPN):
Published on 3 Oct. 2009 12:30 AM IST
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Revival of the sick Nagaland Pulp and Paper Mill(NPPC)Ltd at Tuli appears to have hit a roadblock despite the central ministry for heavy industry and public enterprises releasing an amount of Rs.552.44 crore package as first phase and the management of the mill(NPPC/HPC) having already spent Rs.36.76 crore out of Rs.54.60 crore during July 1,2007 and April 30,2009. This was contained in a statement issued by the NPF Mokokchung Division through its president Aolepden including NPF vice president Huska and party general secretary Imtiyanger. The NPF team visited the mill held two meetings-one with the workers union and the other with the managers(NPPC/HPC) of the mill on Thursday. The workers union, in a memorandum submitted to the visiting NPF team, have expressed serious doubts over the sincerity of the management(NPPC/HPC) for revival of the mill,despite the Board of Industrial and Financial Reconstruction(BIFR) clearing the decks for revival followed by approval of a financial package of Rs.552.44 crore by the central government. The workers alleged that the management has instead focused on preparation of a new Draft Project Report(DPR) for a financial package totaling Rs.1241.80 crores . The workers said the new DPR would only lead to inordinate delays and ultimately cause stalemate as in the case on November 13,1995. Further, the workers questioned the management for preparing a new DPR since it would only cause further delays just when the clearance for revival of the mill took 14 years. The NPF team assured the workers that their concerns would be brought to the notice of the chief minister and the parliamentary secretary, industry and commerce. Later the NPF team met with the management (NPPC/HPC) during which it was explained that the new DPR was necessitated due to escalations of prices of machineries by more than 200% after the old DPR was submitted. Further, the managers said the new DPR had to be prepared owing to increase of mill’s output from 66,000 MT per annum to 89,000 MT per annum. It was also stated that the NPPCL Board had approved the new DPR and that the final approval would be given only after the state government assured sufficient supply of raw materials including bamboo and coal to the mill. The management also disclosed that despite several reminders to the state government for assurances of sufficient raw materials, there has been no response so far. The final approval of the new DPR would be made only after receiving a positive response from the state government the managers said. As things stand, the mill’s future looks uncertain as the managers insist that unless the new DPR obtains final approval, the revival of the Tuli paper mill would not take plaace. The NPF team also informed the management that they would convey the message to the chief minister and parliamentary secretary.

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