PANAJI: The long-delayed proposal to set-up a greenfield electronics manufacturing cluster at Tuem seems to be finally getting some traction with the department of information and technology (DoIT) taking a step towards creation of infrastructure for the 147.55 acre project. DoIT has floated a request for proposal for construction of the administrative building for the cluster, a move which comes nearly three years after the Union ministry of electronics and information technology (MEITY) sanctioned the Rs 161.32 crore project on March 3, 2017. On January 16, the Infotech Corporation of Goa released the draft plans for the construction of the administrative building, including welfare facility services for the greenfield electronics manufacturing cluster at Tuem. “The single story structure, estimated at Rs 8.6 crore has to be completed within 12-18 months once the work order is issued with a defect liability period of three years,” a senior official with the department said. Former chief minister Laxmikant Parsekar had announced that the state government would set-up an Electronics System Development and Manufacturing (ESDM) park under the Electronics Manufacturing Clusters scheme of the Union ministry in Tuem, Pernem. ESDM parks are usually dedicated clusters for manufacturing of consumer electronics products, medical electronic equipment, telecom products and equipment, mobile devices, industrial electronics products and niche equipment. “DoIT designated Infotech Corporation of Goa Ltd as the implementing agency for the project till the Goa Information Technology Development Corporation (GITDC) is fully operational in terms of finance and manpower,” an officer with ITG said. As per MEITY’s rules, the special purpose vehicle to manage the EMC has to be formed within 24 months from the date of final approval. ITG has appointed Vijaykumar Sawant Associates as the project management consultant for the EMC but the contractor for the administrative building can also appoint a design consultant for the Rs 8.6 crore project. The Union ministry gave the final approval for the Rs 161.32 crore project on March 3, 2017.