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Tenders received for international flights from Guwahati, formalities to begin soon: Chandra Mohan Patowary

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GUWAHATI: Assam industry minister Chandra Mohan Patowary said tender for connecting six international destinations from Guwahati has been received and very soon necessary formalities will be done.

The minister said that investors are assured that they will get land power in 48 hours. He said PepsiCo, Coco Cola, Bisk Farm with a cumulative investment intent of nearly Rs. 810 crores have shown interest.

Under international Udan scheme government planned to operate flight between Guwahati Singapore, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, Myanmar, Malaysia and Vietnam. The state government committed viability gap funding of Rs 100 Crore for three years for operation of the flight.

Patowary while talking to ET said, “Already we have connected flight between Guwahati and Bangkok. For other destinations already the bids are received and very soon the tender will be awarded. There has been some delay due to COVID-19 pandemic.”

He said, “Rupsi Airport in Assam is ready to commence operations under Regional Connectivity Scheme. Runway of Jorhat and Dibrugarh airport is upgraded with an investment of Rs 120 Crore. The second terminal with Rs 1242 Crore investment is coming up in Guwahati. The cargo terminal in Guwahati airport is almost ready and will be soon dedicated to public.”

The minister added since the outbreak of COVID-19, many American, Japanese and Korean companies are contemplating to shift their production facilities from China to India. To woo these companies, Assam Government has taken up with Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT), Government of India, Invest India, Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO), US-India Business Council and US Chamber of Commerce to facilitate and advise those companies to setup their production facilities in Assam as the state has strategic locational advantage, vast natural resources, robust industrial infrastructure and reliable connectivity etc.

Chief Minister, Sarbananda Sonowal has already discussed the matter with the Prime Minister and sent letter to the Central Government to make suggestions to those companies to set up their production facilities in Assam.

“Industries and Commerce Department is also in touch with DPIIT and JETRO for setting up of a Japanese Industrial Township in Nagarbera, Assam to attract investment from Japanese industries. The Industry Department already had two rounds of detailed discussion with the Japanese Embassy in India through video conference. Invest India is also collaborating with us. Once the COVID-19 induced travel restrictions are further eased, we hope to pitch in this project in Assam.”

Following the protest against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) the annual Japan-India summit that scheduled be held in Guwahati between December 15-17, 2019 was postponed.

The minister said that, “We are in discussion with several business entities for setting up manufacturing units in Assam. We currently are in advance stage of discussion with some the private sector food processing majors including PepsiCo, Coco Cola, Bisk Farm with a cumulative investment intent of nearly Rs. 810 crores”.

The minister said that rubber cultivation has huge potential in Assam as state is the fourth largest producer of rubber in the country and government has invited JK Tyre, Apollo Tyres, CEAT and MRF to come and invest in Assam as the state enjoys the geographical advantage of accessibility to ASEAN and South East Asian countries.

He added that State-run ONGC has received environment clearance (EC) for carrying out onshore exploration, development and production of oil and gas in 100 locations in non-forest area of Assam that would entail an investment of Rs. 3,500 Crore. “Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi approved feedstock subsidy on raw materials to Brahmaputra Cracker and Polymer Limited (BCPL) for 15 years of plant operation at an estimated cost of Rs. 4,600 Crore.”

Assam government is doing a signature project of Twin Tower. Land measuring 32 bighas has been allotted for construction of the iconic Twin Tower Trade Centre Project at Guwahati. The cost of the entire project is estimated to be around Rs. 2,000 crores. Assam Industrial Development Corporation Ltd. (AIDC) has been appointed as Nodal Agency to monitor all project related aspects. The Department has recently floated global tender for development of Twin Tower Trade Centre.

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