Kumram Bheem Asifabad: The stage is set for the much-awaited commencement of paper production soon from one of the eight machines of the revived Sirpur Paper Mills (SPM) Private Limited on February 8, bringing cheer to employees.
The TRS government, in its maiden term, played a vital role in reopening the sick unit, which was closed five years ago leaving its workers jobless. SPM unit head Mayank Jindal told Telangana Today that machine no. VII will be tested on Friday and commence manufacturing paper in two to three days.
The trial run of the boiler brought from BHEL was successfully performed recently. The machine, to be run on modern ‘silent drive system’, will produce 1.40 lakh tonnes of paper per annum.
Jindal also said raw material such as sufficient wood of eucalyptus and Subabul trees was already brought from neighboring towns. He said 39 employees were recruited so far for restarting the unit and measures were taken to ensure workers’ safety. The machine — imported from Italy as part of the mill’s modernisation by the then management — was renovated recently.
TRS govt turns saviour
The TRS government came forward to reopen the sick paper manufacturer, considering the dire straits of workers following the abrupt shutdown of the factory in 2014. It left no stone unturned to revive the sick unit and announced a slew of incentives to firms that show interest in restarting the factory. Accordingly, National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT)-Hyderabad gave its nod for the revival plan proposed by JK Paper Limited of Odisha in July 2018, paving the way for reopening the mill.
On September 27, 2014, the factory management locked up operations, citing “longtime shutdown” and shattering the dreams of over 3,000 employees, including outsourced staffers. The workers were forced to migrate to neighboring towns in search of a livelihood. The integrated pulp and paper mill was originally set up on a sprawling 110 acres by then Nizam Mir Osman Ali Khan in 1936.
Employees of SPM and their families were all smiles on learning that the mill was to be reopened soon. “It’s good news for us. We will be able to lead a happy life and our hardships will come to an end. The credit goes to the TRS government,” G Mallaiah, one of the employees, told Telangana Today.