FOUNDRY PARK: TEACHING TO TRAINING TO EMPLOYABILITY:
Leading Bengal’s industrial initiatives
Bengal’s vast experience in making wide range of castings and forging for heavy industry & engineering sector makes it a natural leader and potential destination for casting buyers around the globe.
A jewel in the crown of industrial resurgence in Bengal, the Foundry Park at Howrah is the largest single project industrial park in the country, set up by Foundry Cluster Development Association (FCDA) with West Bengal Industrial Development Corporation (WBIDC) being the nodal agency. The park is partially funded by DPIIT, Govt. of India for Infrastructure and Common Facility Centre Development.
With 95% of the approx. 500 Foundry units in West Bengal around Howrah, the Foundry Park is has been set up on Ranihati-Amta Road, 5.15 Km off NH6 in Howrah, West Bengal. It is also well connected with NH2, South Eastern Railway, Kolkata and Haldia dock with extensive road network, sewerage, drainage network, power substations, landscaping, water bodies, green beltwith provisions for guesthouse, canteen and allied facilities and utilities including Fire Station, Bank counters, Post office. Also specialised Common Facility Centre with Tool Room.
The park with an area of about 924 acres can accommodate more than 150 foundry units with proposed investment of Rs. 20,000 Crores and is expected to provide employment to 30,000 directly and 90,000 indirectly with 90% being in unskilled and semi-skilled category. Expected castings output is 3-5 Lakh tonnes per annum, once fully operational with export of best engineering products valued at Rs. 1200 Crores. The park is environment friendly.
The magnificent Industrial Park is providing the entire chain from Teaching to Training to Employability with the foundry units in the Park under one roof through teaching in VIVEKANANDA TRAINING INSTITUTE and training in in-house tool room and training laboratory. Foundry Technology Training Courses are run under the Paschim Banga Society of Skill Development(PBSSD)of Ministry of Technical Education and Skill Development< Govt of West Bengal
Benefits of Foundry Park project:
- Investments as well as creation of direct employment and indirect employment.
- Boost to the Economy of West Bengal, especially in the metallurgical sector.
- Socio-economic upliftment of the region.
- Long pending modernization program of Howrah foundry cluster will be realized.
- Opportunity to set up foundries of international standards to attract foreign direct investment.
- Attract User Industries like Automobiles, pumps, OEMs, Railway units, Electrical appliances etc.
Social responsibility at the Foundry Park
CSR at Foundry Park
In persuasion of its social responsibility, Foundry Park has recently organized a vaccination camp in collaboration with Indian Foundry Association (IFA)
Foundry Park has taken up immediate steps for opening up of dispensary along with mobile ambulance facility with availability of doctor every week.
Foundry Park is also taking initiative to install solar panels and use the energy for Common Facility Centre as well as for lighting up of road network.
Originally set up as a Special Purpose Vehicle under IIU scheme, Ministry of Commerce, Govt of India, FCDA continues to serve the interests of Foundry fraternity, industries, Government and students through its Common Facility Centre resulting in industrialization, employment generation and infrastructure development thereby benefitting the society at large.
Foundry Park—Shining Star In The Industrial Scenario In West Bengal
Foundry Cluster Development Association , the SPV created to implement one of the largest industrial cluster in India catering to Foundry and light engineering industry was set up April 2005.
MSME sector which is the priority target area of Govt of West Bengal holds the position of majority as far as setting up units in the Park is concerned since almost all of the 150 foundry and allied(including light engineering) units which would ultimately be accommodated in the Park comes from small and tiny sector and bringing them under one roof, supported by world class infrastructure, would help improve their efficiency, productivity thereby positively impacting the overall economy of the Foundry Sector.
Project is partially funded by Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT) Ministry of Commerce, Govt of India under it’s Industrial Infrastructure Upgradation Scheme (IIUS) to the tune of Rs 39 crores for various components of infrastructure development. The amount was duly utilized by FCDA and Utilisation Certificate submitted to DPIIT in July, 2018
Since it’s inception the project has received all round support from all govt agencies and department in West Bengal which is proved by the fact Hon’ble CM inaugurating in the 1st phase of the project as well as ITI building there naming it as Vivekananda Industrial Training Institute.
Scheme of Approved Industrial Park (SAIP)
Under this scheme (for which Foundry Park got approval in February 2022), Govt of West Bengal has also recently decided to participate in the project financially by setting up a Sewage Treatment Plant and funding the drainage and sewerage augmentation work. In addition lots of other financial benefits such as refund of stamp duties, registration fees of plots purchased etc can be claimed as incentives
Synopsis of Foundry Park project
- Location: Ranihati-Amta Road, Panchla/Jagatballavpur Block, Howrah
- Proposed Area: 924acres
- Working Area: 600 acres
- Inauguration: Hon’ble CM in February, 2012
- Total Envisaged Output: 3-5 lakhs tonnes per annum of castings and light engineering products
- Total envisaged investment Rs 2500 crores
- Total Employment potential: 10,000 direct/30,000 indirect
- Project Cost: Rs 95 crores comprising of:
- DPIIT Grant: Rs 39 crores
- State Govt contribution: Rs 17 crores
- SPV contribution: Rs 39 crores
- Plots allotted till date: 123 total
- Foundry Units:75
- Allied/ Light Engineering Sector:48
- Plots registered till date: 62
- Operational units: 13, generating employment of around 2000 permanent and contractual employees
- Common Facility Centre, consists of:
- Vivekananda Industrial Training Institute
Tied up with Ministry of Technical Education and Skill development, Govt of West Bengal to run Foundry Technology related courses (like molding, melting, draughtsmanship, skill development etc) under the Pashchim Banga Society of Skill Development (PBSSD) scheme. Have obtained NCVT approval, courses to begin from July, 2022
- Casting Operator (Metal Handicraft)
- Machining Quality Technician
- Health Sanitary Inspector
- Tool Room/Testing Laboratory
Equipped with latest equipment like CNC machine; Induction Furnace, Test Lab (NABL Accredited) etc. It houses NABL approved sand laboratory, the only one in Eastern India.
ITI Infrastructure and Facility
1. Digital Green Compressive Strength Machine
2. Digital Permeability Tester
3. AFS sieve Shaker machine
4. Sand muller
5. Sand Mixer
6. Total Clay content tester
7. Rapid Moisture Tester
8. Sand Rammer
9. Mould Hardness Tester
10. Core Hardness Tester
1. Laboratory( Chemical, Physical, Sand) – NABL
1. Universal Testing Machine(UTM)
2. Impact Testing Machine
3. Brinell Hardness Testing Machine
1. Optical Emission Spectrometer
2. Hot Air Oven
3. Muffle Furnace
4. Strohlein apparatus
5. Digital Balance
1. BFW CNC Machine
2. Milling Machine
3. Lathe Machine
4. Drilling Machine
5. Pedastal Grinding Machine