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Vedanta to invest $1 bn in Jharkhand: Anil Agarwal

The company also plans to set up a 1 million tonne steel plant in the state

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 


Keen to get a strong foothold in Jharkhand, mining baron 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

Dubbing as "a diamond in the crown of the world", Resources Group Chairman said the state is "full of potential" and 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 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.

Vedanta initially plans to invest about Rs 2,000 crore in setting up one million pig iron and ductile pipe plant at Manoharpur in West district of

The iron ore will be supplied to the plant through its adjacent to Manoharpur, which it plans to develop at a cost of Rs 500 crore.

Describing the proposed 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.

First Published: Thu, February 16 2017. 14:27 IST