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Odisha woos ASEAN nations with industrial clusters

Thu, 01st Dec 2016 (Source:Times of India)

Aiming to be the gateway to India in the east for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) countries, the state government unveiled the master plans for three potential industrial clusters at the Make in Odisha conclave on Thursday.

The three master plans include the port-based manufacturing zone at Dhamra, the Petroleum, Chemicals and Petrochemicals Investment Regions (PCPIR) at Paradip and the National Investment and Manufacturing Zones (NIMZ) at Kalinganagar.

The manufacturing zone at Dhamra, spread over an area of 7500 acres, is aimed at attracting investments in sectors like agro and food processing, chemical, pharmaceuticals and textiles. The clusters will be part of the Dhamra-Paradip link, one of the 41 projects taken up by the Centre under the ambitious Sagarmala project.

The National Investment and Manufacturing Zone at Kalinganagar, spread over an area of 163 sq/km, has been identified as having potential to create employment opportunities for around 1.5 lakh people. Surrounded by around nine steel plants with a production capacity of 22 million tonne steel per annum, the NIMZ has tremendous potential to host downstream and ancillary industries.

The Petroleum, Chemicals and Petrochemicals Investment Regions at Paradip, close to the 15 mmtpa refinery of the Indian Oil Corporation Limited, offers a great scope for investors in sectors like chemical, petrochemicals and plastic. Spread over 284 sq/km, it promises direct and indirect employment for around 4.5 lakh people.

These apart, the state has also sector-specific industrial clusters like electronic manufacturing in Bhubaneswar, aluminium in Angul, plastic in Paradip, textile in Bhadrak besides sea food and other food processing units at a number of places.

All the three proposed industrial clusters along with the sector-specific ones are well connected through robust rail corridors of 2540 km for a seamless movement of freight and road network of 10,000 km connecting the resource-rich hinterlands of the state.

State industries secretary Sanjeev Chopra, who made a presentation regarding Odisha's investment potential, said the state is not only a pioneer in terms of ease of doing business, but also an appropriate destination in terms of cost of doing business.

"Power tariff, skilled labour wage and consumer price index in Odsha is low as compared to other states like Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat," Chopra said.

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