Telangana Municipal Administration and Urban Development Minister K. T. Rama Rao addresses during the inauguration of an underpass at Ayyappa Society Junction in Madhapur, Hyderabad on Jan ...(Photo:IANS)

Hyderabad, July 19 : The National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) has approved the proposal for the revival of Sirpur Paper Mills in Telangana, state Industry Minister K. T. Rama Rao said on Thursday.

With this, JK Paper Ltd will take over the 80-year-old mill located in Kaghaznagar town in Komaram Bheem Asifabad district.

The state government extended certain incentives to JK Paper Ltd, which had submitted the proposal to revive the mill.

Expressing his happiness over this development, Rama Rao said that Telangana government has been putting consistent efforts to revive the sick units in the state.

JK Paper had come up with Rs 628 crore resolution plan and the lenders headed by IDBI had recently approved it.

The revival will help protect the jobs of over 1,200 employees directly engaged with the integrated paper mill. According to an official statement, once reopened the mill also create indirect employment opportunities for 4,000 people.

Local legislator Koneru Konappa said that the latest development has rekindled hope in the town, whose economy had collapsed due to the factory's closure.

The Sirpur Paper Mills, an integrated paper and pulp mill, was set up in 1938 by the Nizam, the ruler of then Hyderabad State. It was then the country's largest manufacturer of pulp, paperboard and other products.

However, the company over last few years turned sick and shut down operations in 2014.

It was under the Corporate Insolvency Resolution Process as per the provisions of the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016. The resolution professional appointed by NCLT in 2017 invited Expression of Interest for resolution plans.

 

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