The success of the Diamond Park project, experts say, will depend on the availability of skilled manpower as diamond cutting and polishing is a specialised job, even as the MP state cabinet has cleared it.
The proposed gems and jewellery park will be a hub for cutting and polishing of diamonds. “The park to be developed on PPP model over an area of 254 acres, will be divided into special economic zone (SEZ) and domestic tariff area (DTA),” a state industry department official said.
“The Diamond Park will face competition from existing diamond processing hubs such as Surat, and the key to its success will be availability of skilled manpower,” Pithampur Audyogik Sangathan president Gautam Kothari said. “The state government will need to set up a skill development centre to meet the requirements of the companies that will set up shop here,” he added.
“Availability of skilled labour will be a prerequisite for the success of Gems and Jewellery Park project. The government needs to start a training programme for this purpose,” Association of Industry, Madhya Pradesh president Hemant Mehtani said.
The government agency will soon bring out tenders for infrastructure development works. Once the private developer is selected, it will start work on the construction of basic infrastructure.
The developer will then lease the space to companies willing to set up units in the park. A residential colony, hospital and education centre is also proposed to be set up on the non-processing area.
In 1995, the then Congress Government had conceived the Diamond Park project for setting up a cluster comprising diamond cutting and polishing units at a suitable location near Indore and engaged in talks with B Arun Kumar International and Rosy Blue of Antwerp, Belgium.
However, delays over land acquisition had stalled the project as a section of farmers moved court against land acquisition.
The government finally managed to win the case and complete the land acquisition in 2012. A detailed project report (DPR) submitted by the Audyogik Kendra Vikas Nigam (AKVN) Indore to the state government in August 2013, was stuck for two years.