Patna: With a world-class marine college failing to take off despite clearing all paper work for more than a year, a Mumbai-based company on Wednesday urged Chief Minister Nitish Kumar to intervene.
Pentagon Marine Services Pvt Limited had cleared all paper work for setting up a marine college at Bihta in Patna district near the new campus of IIT but has been denied physical possession of ten acres of land provided by the state government for the project so far.
"Despite fulfilling all paper works with BIADA (Bihar Industrial Area Development Authority), we have not being provided physical possession of the ten acres of land adjacent to the new campus of IIT in Bihta due to which we have not been able to start the project of setting up a marine college," Nalin Pandey, Chairman and Managing Director of Pentagon Marine Services told reporters.
"Its good that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is coming here to inaugurate the new campus of IIT at Bihta. But, what about 29 other projects like us in the area?" Pandey asked.
"When I visited London last week to receive an international award along with Lord Karan Bilimoria, many British-Asian investors expressed their keen desire to invest in Bihta. The global investors will lose faith in Bihar if already an alloted land at Bihta was not delivered on time by the local government to many entrepreneurs like me. These investors will shift their projects to other states and it will be bad luck for Bihar," Pandey said.
"We had got attracted to invest in Bihar following an appeal of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar. But, such unnecessary delays create disillusionment," he said.
Pandey said his company had planned to start a marine
college for both graduation and post-graduation levels to open job opportunities for youths of Bihar.
He said his plan was to start four diplomas as well as degree courses on post sea, pre-sea, maritime laws and business and management, varying from one to four years.
Faculty of the college would comprise experienced teachers within the country and visiting consultants from Singapore, UK, USA and Norway, Pandey said.
The degrees would be provided by the Directorate of General Shipping (DGS), he said.
Pandey said like the one in Mumbai, the company was planning to get the Bihta project recognised by International Association of Classification Societies (IACS), a technically based organisation consisting of twelve marine classification societies headquartered in London to open job opportunities for students abroad.
The course would cost between Rs two to three lakh annually, he added.