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Odisha pitch for foreign investors

State govt harps on land, labour availability to lure industry

By Our Correspondent in Bhubaneswar
  • Published 24.05.20, 3:53 AM
  • Updated 24.05.20, 3:53 AM
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The Odisha government on Saturday informed the Centre that it had developed industry-ready land bank of 505sqkm at different locations and has abundant availability of skilled manpower in the post-Covid scenario.

During a high-level interactive meeting between central and state government departments held under the chairmanship of Union minister of natural gas and petroleum and steel Dharmendra Pradhan through video-conferencing on Saturday, the Odisha government said it was ready to attract FDI into the state in various sectors.

Chief secretary Asit Tripathy outlined the present state of industrialisation in Odisha along with the future road map for centre-state collaboration.

“We can assure hassle-free business eco-system for the investors along with expeditious grounding of the projects. The state has set higher growth trajectories for development of industrial infrastructure. Sectoral Industrial parks with delineated land bank are in ‘ready to move’ condition for the investors. We need to develop more infrastructure and industrial townships around the industrial clusters,” he said.

Principal secretary, industry, Hemant Sharma said: “Being a power-surplus state with 17,600MW of production, Odisha assures quality power supply to investors. There is also natural gas pipeline network across the state. A single-widow clearance system with its robust online Go Swift portal ensures timely delivery of various support services to the investors.”

Sharma briefed about the policy frameworks for promotion of industries in different sectors like mining and metals, petrochemicals, chemicals and plastics, textiles and apparel, IT, ITeS and electronics manufacturing food processing and tourism.

Union minister Pradhan said: “Odisha has taken remarkable initiatives for making the State an investment destination. Successful management of cyclones in Odisha itself has opened new avenues of investment. The state is now ready for next higher level of industrial development in post-covid scenario.”

The secretary, Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT), Guru Prasad Mohapatra, along with senior officers from industry-related ministries presented various central schemes and projects aimed at industrial promotion.