Residents of Mining and Allied Machinery Corporation (MAMC) township of Durgapur has finally got something to cheer about. After a long standing struggle, Asansol Durgapur Development Authority (ADDA) has finally agreed to grant the ownership of the MAMC township quarters to the employees on a 999 years lease agreement. The decision has been hailed and welcomed by all the residents of the MAMC Township.
MAMC – the first heavy machinery manufacturing PSU in the country was set up in 1965 with Soviet co-operation to make equipment for various mining industries. Up to the late 80s, MAMC was a flourishing industry. However, due to lack of demand of the heavy mining equipment, it slipped into the red and was referred to the BIFR in 1992. On 5th October 2005 decision of shutting down MAMC was officially taken.
Initiative by the former Left Front government saw the formation of a consortium of Coal India (CIL), Damodar Valley Corporation (DVC) and Bharat Earth Movers (BEML) which took over MAMC in June 2010 by giving the highest bid of 100 crore. The DVC-CIL-BEML consortium recently paid Rs.1 ADDA has already agreed to lease out 100 acres of land from the township area to the consortium for setting up Hospital, officers’ quarters and township.
From 2003, when ADDA has taken over the charges of the MAMC township by a court order, the residents of the township of the township has been negotiating with the authority to have a permanent lease of the township quarters. The wait is finally over and the employees are all set to get lease of their quarters, where they have been residing for years. ADDA has already started to mail their confirmation in a phase wise agreement to the residents of the township.
From 2005 January to 2010 December, the residents have been charged a rent of Rs 1 per sq. ft, of which they will have to pay 15 per cent now.
There is a strong belief and hope that the MAMC township which has grown shabby and dull will once again lit up with hopes and aspirations.