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Tuli Paper Mill: Fund crucial for revival
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, JAN 26 (NPN):
Published on 27 Jan. 2010 12:22 AM IST
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After a gap of 18 years, the Tuli Paper Mill is expected to start functioning within six months from now, if the revised DPR (Detailed Project Report) of Rs.1242 crore is sanctioned by the Centre. According to the revised project report, that was handed over to the centre, an additional 688 crore is required to revive the mill, while the first DPR was projected only at Rs.554 crore, which has already been sanctioned by the centre in 2006. Advisor Nagaland Bamboo Development Agency and MLA, L. Temjen during a brief discussion at Tuli said since the first DPR was made in 2002-03, the amount sanctioned was not possible to revive the mill as the market rates of raw materials have increased considerably. He also disclosed that once the mill start functioning, at least 200 metric ton of green bamboo would be required on a daily basis and in a year the required amount of bamboo would be 4 lakh metric ton. According to Temjen, the state government wants to enhance to 300 metric tons for which new report was under way. In 2006 the Nagaland Bamdoo Development Agency (NBDA) has approached the Government of India to sanction money for bamboo plantation for 50,000 hectares. For this, the state government has also already acquired the land for bamboo plantation in Tizit, Japu, Naginimora and Tuli. The advisor also pointed out that once the plantation begins, it would require an extra feeder roads with that of the existing 22 feeder roads and an amount of Rs 300 crore would be required for the construction of new and renovation of the existing ones to transport the raw materials. The state government has also submitted 280 crore for construction and renovation of the same. The advisor said the mill was shut down in 1992 owing to power failure but the state government was trying its best to provide enough supply of electricity once the unit start to operate. He further added that a local based generator of 120 Mega Watt was in process and the proposal has been submitted to the power department. N. Meri Longkumer, supervisor (administration) Tuli Paper Mill also disclosed that they were waiting for the sanction of the revised DPR from the centre and at the same time said that some of the scrape materials have been removed from the site to be replaced by the new infrastructure. It may be noted that last year, the Union Minister of State for Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises, Kanti Singh during his visit to Tuli Paper Mill, has also assured to take the matter at the centre for reviving of the paper unit.

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