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Centre approves Rs 161.32-cr electronics cluster at Tuem

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PANAJI: The state government is in the process of developing an Electronics Manufacturing Cluster (EMC) Park in Tuem village in Pernem taluka and the Union Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) has approved a Greenfield Electronics Cluster with a project cost of Rs 161.32 crore.

According to the department of information and technology, the EMC Park would be set up in an area admeasuring 5,97,125 square metres in Tuem.

Further, it was informed that the Union Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology has granted assistance under the Electronics Manufacturing Clusters Scheme on March 3, 2017. The Ministry will be providing a grant-in-aid of Rs 73.77 crore for the project.

As per the information, the Infotech Corporation of Goa (ITG), on behalf of the department of IT, has been implementing the EMC Park by executing various works crucial to the development of the project. As such, the ITG has floated a tender for engineering design of road works and allied utilities towards setting up of the Greenfield Electronics Manufacturing Cluster in Tuem, as the roads and allied utilities are the primary requirements of the project. Sources said the proposal was approved by the expenditure finance committee on December 14, 2018, subsequent to which the notice inviting tender was floated on January 15, 2019, and in response, the ITG received three online bids.

After due scrutiny of the tender documents, the lowest tender of M/s Assmas Construction Pvt Ltd, Goa, amounting to Rs 52.78 crore, was recommended by ITG for acceptance. Then the proposal was submitted to the Goa State Works Board during its meeting held on March 3, 2019, wherein it was approved. The project is required to be implemented as per approved timelines and is envisaged to be completed in 36 months i.e. by March 3, 2020 from the date of approval.

Though it has been decided to implement the project through ITG as a stopgap arrangement till the time Goa Information Technology Development Corporation is functional in terms of finance and manpower, the government cannot issue work order to the selected firm due to the model code of conduct for elections being in force.

The matter was referred to the Election Commission of India after the approval of the screening committee for granting permission to ITG for issuing the work order. However, the Commission has rejected the plea of the state government seeking approval to undertake the work on the Electronic Manufacturing Cluster (EMC) Park at Tuem. The poll panel has asked the state to carry out the said work only after the conclusion of counting, which will take place on May 23.

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