Keen to get a strong foothold in Jharkhand, mining baron Anil Agarwal
on Thursday said he has "big plans" for the state but initial foray will be with $1 billion investment that includes setting up a 1 million tonne steel plant.
as "a diamond in the crown of the world", Vedanta
Resources Group Chairman Anil Agarwal
said the state is "full of potential" and Vedanta
has big plans for it.
"There is a lot of potential...This (Jharkhand) is a real Australia in India with its huge natural resources. We have a big plan but we will start with the medium size or small size project. We intend to set up a one million tonne of steel plant," Agarwal told PTI in an interview.
has lined up about a "billion dollar" investment for Jharkhand
initially that includes setting up a one million tonnes steel plant, the head of the mining conglomerate said.
"Once we start and find that things are comfortable, we can always enhance. We have identified the place. We have some iron ore deposits there which I would like to explore and develop. It is just a first step," Agarwal said, adding that the timeline set for the plant is two years.
initially plans to invest about Rs 2,000 crore in setting up one million pig iron and ductile pipe plant at Manoharpur in West Singhbhum
district of Jharkhand.
The iron ore will be supplied to the plant through its Dhobil mines
adjacent to Manoharpur, which it plans to develop at a cost of Rs 500 crore.
Describing the proposed steel plant
as just a first step, Agarwal said, "We want to have a foothold there and let's see. A lot can be produced in Jharkhand.
For natural resource and goods, you need a lot of employment. At the same time you save your foreign exchange and hard earned money. This is a very win-win situation for Jharkhand.