Mahana dials investors in run-up to ground breaking ceremony

With a fortnight to go for the ground breaking ceremony in which Prime Minister Narendra Modi will lay the foundation stone of 64 projects worth 55,000 crore on July 29, the industrial development department is abuzz with activity these days.
The amount of investment that the BJP government has been able to draw in two years is more than what the previous governments could do in 15 years, he claims.(Sunil Ghosh / HT Photo)
The amount of investment that the BJP government has been able to draw in two years is more than what the previous governments could do in 15 years, he claims.(Sunil Ghosh / HT Photo)
Published on Jul 16, 2018 02:37 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Lucknow | By, Lucknow

With a fortnight to go for the ground breaking ceremony in which Prime Minister Narendra Modi will lay the foundation stone of 64 projects worth 55,000 crore on July 29, the industrial development department is abuzz with activity these days.

Industrial development minister Satish Mahana is busy contacting on phone those investors who had signed memorandums of understanding (MoUs) with the state government during the UP Investors Summit in Lucknow in February.

Mahana says: “I have a list of the owners and officers of the 64 companies with their telephone number who have signed MoUs with the state government.”

He directs his staff to ring up an official of ACC, which has submitted a proposal to set up a cement plant in Amethi district.

When the officer comes on the line, Mahana asks him if the allotment of land has been completed.

He tells the ACC official that the state government officers have been directed to expedite land allotment. “If there is any hiccup, feel free to contact me,” he adds.

Next, he calls Gautam Kanodia of the Kanodia Group to know if a no objection certificate has been issued by the administration. When the reply is affirmative, he invites Kanodia to attend the ground breaking ceremony.

“I will talk to all the investors in the run-up to the ground breaking ceremony,” he says and adds chief minister Yogi Adityanath will also talk to the investors to get their feedback about the facilities provided by the state government to launch projects.

“It’s a prestigious project for the state government. We have named it ‘Rising UP Powering New India’,” Mahana says.

His staff tells him the owner of Intex, which has submitted a proposal to set up a project in Noida, is on the line.

Mahana asks him if he is facing problems in setting up the unit. The company owner tells him production work will start after three months as construction work is in progress now.

“I have talked to the owner of Telengana Electric Works and WTC who are investing in the IT and electric sector. DCM has signed an MoU for setting up sugar industry, Dharampal Prempal Company has signed MoU for investment in horticulture sector,” he says.

The amount of investment that the BJP government has been able to draw in two years is more than what the previous governments could do in 15 years, he claims.

Later, Mahana reviewed preparation for the ground breaking ceremony in a meeting with officers.

He told officers to contact businessmen and give clearances to projects, the foundation of which will be laid during the PM’s visit.

Reliance Group chairman Mukesh Ambani, Infosys non-executive chairman Nandan Nilekani, Aditya Birla Group chairman Kumar Mangalam Birla, Essel Group chairman Subhash Chandra, Adani Group chairman Gautam Adani, Tata Sons chairman N Chandrashekharan and CII chairman Rakesh Bharti Mittal are likely to attend the programme. Around 1500 businessmen, entrepreneurs and officers were invited to attend the programme, Mahana said.

Union commerce and industries minister, Suresh Prabhu, defence minister Nirmala Sitaraman and electronic and information technology minister Ravi Shankar Prasad will also attend the ground breaking ceremony.

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    Rajesh Kumar Singh is a special correspondent at HT Lucknow. He covers State Home Department, State Police, Central police agencies,BSP, Health Department, UP Chief Electoral Officer, Irrigation Department, Mining and, Lokayukta.

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