Bhubaneswar: With rapid industrial and economic growth converting waste into wealth is the need of the hour. In simple words, Circular Economy is all about reducing, reusing, and recycling waste into resources for a sustainable economy stated Forest, Environment and Climate Change, PR &DW, I&PR Minister Pradip Kumar Amat, in Make in Odisha Conclave on Circular Economy Session.
Under the dynamic leadership of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, Odisha has emerged as the economic powerhouse of Eastern India. Our vision is aligned to sustainability-aided development in the State, he said.
The State has received intents for 39 projects with investments of about Rs 2357.37 crore, which is likely to generate more than 3200 direct and indirect employment opportunities in the niche sector. The State Government is keen to further partner with both public-private players, academia and facilitate the transitioning of the State into a glorious path of Circular Economy, elaborated Amat.
Secondary raw materials such as Fly ash, Stool Scrap, Gypsum, red mud, plastic waste, slag have been converting into cement, bricks in many places of Odisha. The State Government is thriving towards developing an eco-system with cooperation and collaboration on Circular Economy, cited Chief Secretary Suresh Chandra Mohapatra.
With a rich industrial base and growing urban pockets, Odisha provides abundant “Waste to Wealth” opportunities with over 85 million tonnes of waste materials being generated from various resources, said Additional Chief Secretary, FE &CC Department Mona Sharma.
A knowledge paper on Circular Economy was released in the session. K, Murugesan presented the key features of the knowledge paper while PCCF and HoFF Debidutta Biswal delivered the vote of thanks.
Speakers namely B.N. Mohapatra, DG, NCCB, Collector, Angul Siddharth Shankar Swain, K J Patel, Director and Unit Head, IFFCO, Paradip, Deeksha Vats, Chief Sustainability Officer, Aditya Birla Group Ashok Sharma, CGM, Project Finance and SSBU, State Bank of India and others held lively discussions on the opportunities and potentials for making Odisha a harbinger in Cradle to cradle economy.
Angul is the most potential district for waste-to-wealth management. The door of District Administration is opened for companies and start-ups in the field of Circular Economy, said Angul Collector Siddharth Shankar Swain.
The Government has received intents from NALCO, IFFCO, JSW Cement, Runaya Refining, RSPL, Sri Chakra Poly Plast, Tata Steel, Hindalco, Vedanta, and others.