Monday, August 3, 2009

Setting Up Of Ordnance Factory at Rajgir

The present status of the project is given below:

(i) Contracts for procurement of the different plants to be set up in the factory have been concluded.

(ii) The administrative building of the factory and a few other buildings for a school and a hospital have been completed. Work for arrangement of bulk power has also been completed.

The project was originally sanctioned by the Cabinet Committee on Security in 2001. Further steps for implementation could be taken only after the trials of the product (bio modular charge system for artillery guns) were completed by the Army in March 2003. When a global tender was issued it was found that the offers received were much higher than the sanctioned cost. The Ministry of Defence had then decided to put the project on hold and appoint an expert committee for reviewing the project. After examining the report of the expert committee it was finally decided in July 2007 to go ahead with the project. The revised project was approved by the Cabinet Committee on Security in January 2009.

The project is scheduled to be completed by August 2011. However, in view of the case registered by CBI against Shri Sudipta Ghosh, former DGOF and some others, it has been decided by the Ministry of Defence to put on hold for the present all procurement cases with Israeli Military Industries, Israel, on whom the contract for supply of Bi Modular Charge System Plant has been placed, till further orders.

information was given by Minister of Minister of State for Defence Shri MM Pallam Raju in a written reply to Shri Kaushalendra Kumar in Lok Sabha today.

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