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Assam Cabinet: According to minister Jayanta Malla Baruah, the Assam cabinet approved a plan on Monday to build a township on 550 acres of former Hindustan Paper Corp. land in the Morigaon district, close to Guwahati, which the state government had purchased in March.

Speaking to the media after the cabinet meeting, he said that the proposal to give the tourism industry, an industry status had also received approval, opening the door for businesses to take advantage of incentives offered under the state industrial policy.

According to Baruah, the land in Jagiroad will be developed as a Guwahati satellite township.

 

The decision to create a satellite town was made at the meeting today, he said. “The township will be established on 550 acres of land after discussions with the locals.

On March 28, the Assam government announced plans to pay Rs 375 crore to acquire the state’s two shut-down paper mills owned by Hindustan Paper Corp, a Public Sector Undertaking (PSU).

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The abandoned campus of the shut-down Hindustan Paper Corporation (HPC) Nagaon paper mill in Jagiroad, on the eastern outskirts of Guwahati, might soon house the first satellite township ever built in the state, which will be planned by architects from Singapore.

The units at Jagiroad in Morigaon and Panchgram in Hailakandi were successfully bid for by the Assam Industrial Development Corporation (AIDC).

On October 20, 2015, HPC’s Panchgram unit ceased operations, and on March 31, 2017, the Jagiroad mill also ceased operations. Since January and March of last year, respectively, no salaries have been paid to the staff of the two units.

The Assam Cabinet approved a Rs 700 crore relief package for the two paper mills on September 30 of last year. The government had stated at the time that the majority of this sum would go toward paying employee salaries and benefits, while a smaller portion would go toward other expenses like electricity costs.

Both paper mills’ combined land area is about 1,550 acres.

Heritage hotels, bungalows, campgrounds, restaurants, amusement parks, ropeways, and adventure parks will be able to take advantage of increased benefits as a result of the cabinet giving the tourism sector industry status, according to Baruah, the tourism minister.

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