**Bhubaneswar: ** Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today performed groundbreaking-cum-inauguration ceremony for 18 industrial units which will collectively invest Rs 2196.30 crore and create employment opportunities for 3,465 people.
In his keynote address, the Chief Minister said, “Odisha’s vision is to become the Manufacturing Hub of the East. Through Vision 2025 for industrial development, we had devised an action plan to bring more manufacturing investments across the Slate to provide higher employment opportunities to our people. My Government is working towards ensuring that the investment intents get converted into actual investments. We witnessed groundbreaking of 14 new projects and inauguration of another 4 industrial projects today.”
“I am happy to note that GO-SWIFT, the online single window portal has received 600 Industrial project applications in just over 14 months, which translates to almost 2 new proposals for industrial projects every working day during this period In the State. This is an incredible achievement for the State and I congratulate all the concerned Departments who have made this possible,” he remarked.
He also stated, “I am particularly pleased to note that we have received more than 100 project proposals since Make In Odisha conclave. This is testimony to the growing attractiveness of the State as an investment destination and the continued faith of the investor community in the business ecosystem offered by the State.”
“My Government is committed to create 3 million additional job opportunities for our youth by the year 2025 through new investments in 6 focus sectors. I am happy to note that we are moving fast in achieving this,” he concluded.
Speaking at the ceremony, Chief Secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi said, “The State has recently launched a dedicated mechanism of ‘Industry Care’ to further facilitate and provide aftercare services to the industrial units setting up in the State. MSMEs in the Stale are getting our focused attention. The State Project Monitoring Group (SPMG) portal named e-Suvidha which was till recently receiving and resolving grievances of industrial units with investment of more than Rs 50 crore, has now been opened up for all industrial units including MSMEs.”
“I request all concerned Departments to ensure expeditious resolution of issues and grievances of all large as well as MSME enterprises in the State through the ‘Industry Care framework,’ he exhorted.
Notably, food processing including seafood received a significant boost with 6 projects witnessing inauguration/groundbreaking thereby grounding investments of Rs 672.39 crore, a press note said.
In another important development, two aluminium downstream units had their groundbreaking done at the Angul Aluminium Park (a JV between state-owned IDCO and aluminium major Nalco Angul) which was a first in this industrial park’s short history, the press note added.
It was also stated that Angul Aluminium Park is the only such downstream aluminium park in the whole of South Asia and its USP is that direct molten metal shall be provided by Nalco whose plant is nearby.
According to the Odisha Government, “The State provides unmatched facilitation mechanism to investors where Chief Minister closely monitors the investment proposals leading to grounding of projects on time with all supporting infrastructure facilities. This assumes significance as Odisha is among the few states in India which is attracting big-ticket investment proposals in manufacturing consistently.”
With the objective of attracting 2.5 lakh crore of fresh investments and generating 30 lakh job opportunities as part of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik’s Vision -2025, the Government of Odisha is diversifying and broadening the state’s industrial development across the focus sectors, a press note stated.
It also stated that Odisha’s investor-friendly policies and the development of work-class infrastructure have received very positive feedback from investors across the country as the State has been able to create an ideal business ecosystem for various sectors to flourish in the state.
Notably, food processing including seafood, a strategic priority of the State Government’s industrialisation plan contributed over half of the projects (8 of the 15 projects). This further strengthens Odisha’s position as the food processing hub of Eastern India.
**The details of 18 projects which witnessed ground breaking today have been provided below:**
**Names of the Companies Inaugurated:**
**1) ** Emami Cement, Kalinganagar, Jajpur, Employment Potential- 258
**2)** Jay Bharat Spices, Jagatpur Industrial Estate Phase-II, Cuttack, Employment Potential-150
**3)** Brahman River Pellets Limited, Kalinganagar, Jajpur, Employment Potential-487
**4)** Utkal Bricks & industries Pvt. Ltd, Bhagabanpur IE, Khurda, Employment Potential-32
**5) ** Hindustan Coca Cola Beverages Pvt Ltd, Industrial Estate, Khurda, Employment Potential-348
**6) ** Narbheram Power and Steel Private Limited, Gundichapada Industrial Estate, Dhenkanal, Employment Potential-167
**7)** Hindalco Solar, Lapanga, Sambalour, Employment Potential-30
**8)** AKM Agro, Industrial Estate, Khurda, Employment Potential-384
**9)** Infunex Healthcare, Ramdaspur, Cuttack, Employment Potential-365
**10) ** Runaya Refining LLP, Banjari village, Bhurkhamunda, Jharsuguda, Employment Potential-175
**11) ** Hindalco Coal Gasification, Hirakud, Sambalpur, Employment Potential-20
**12) ** Omjay EV, Badachana, Jajpur, Employment Potential-122
**13) ** Sushma Ferro Alloys, Aluminium Park, Angul, Employment Potential-150
**14)** AB Dinesh Concrete Pvt Ltd, Ramdaspur, Cuttack, Employment Potential-157
**15)** Agrilink Food Processing, Ramdaspur, Cuttack, Employment Potential-120
**16)** Odisha Aqua Traders & Marine Exporters, Sea Food Park, Deras, Employment Potential-200
**17)** Sapphire Alumina LLP, Aluminium Park, Angul, Employment Potential-50
**18)** Brightstar Exim House Pvt Ltd, Sea Food Park, Deras, Employment Potential-250
As per the State Government, the total investment is a whooping Rs 2196.30 crore while they would create total 3,465 jobs.
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