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Chip-making unit may run into land issues in Gujarat

Virendra Pandit Ahmedabad | Updated on February 19, 2014 Published on February 19, 2014

The Gujarat Government may be hard-pressed to allot land for one of two electronic chip-manufacturing units approved by the Union Cabinet on February 14. A senior revenue official told Business Line that there is simply no land available for the project at Prantij in the State’s Himmatnagar district. “Some 500 acres are available at Vaghpur but it is meant for a proposed Central University. We have no application from any industry to set up unit at Prantij, either. Even if an industry has to purchase private land, it has to approach us with the proposal. But that hasn’t happened so far,” the official said on condition of anonymity.

Interestingly, the State Government had recently said it would allot 1,000 acres at Prantij for the plant . Despite repeated attempts, Industry Secretary Kamal Dayani was not available for comment.

Last week, the Centre had approved two such mega-projects totalling investments of Rs 63,410 crore . The one proposed to be set up at Prantij entails an investment of Rs 29,013. This will be developed by the Hyderabad-based Hindustan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company Ltd, through its subsidiary HSMC technologies India Pvt Ltd, in partnership with France’s ST Microelectronics, which is Europe’s biggest semiconductor maker, and Malaysia’s Silterra Malaysia Sdn Bhd.

Published on February 19, 2014
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