Bhubaneswar: With a view to attract investment, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Pattnaik today met industry leaders in Mumbai and assured all kinds of support from his government. Among the prominent industrialists and industry leaders he has met today are Reliance Industries Chairman Mukesh Ambani, Tata Steel MD TV Narendran, Mahindra & Mahindra Group Chief Anand Mahindra, Future group Chairman Kishore Biyani.
The Chief Minister invited them to participate in the second Make in Odisha Conclave, which will be held at Bhubaneswar from November 11-15.
“Strength of Odisha lies in its vast resource base, long coastline, assured power and water supply, port-driven development, excellent road network and connectivity, a young and skilled workforce and an industry-friendly and result-oriented responsive Government,” said Patnaik.
He informed that the first edition of the Make in Odisha Conclave, evoked enthusiastic response with the announcement of over Rs 2 lakh crore of investment intents.
“My Government has demonstrated its commitment to deliver the projects on ground. About 65% of the projects are at various stages of approval and implementation,” he added.
“Paradip is one of the largest and fastest growing ports of India. Dhamra port is fast emerging to add strength to the port-led manufacturing base. Apart from these deep-water ports along the East Coast Economic Corridor, we have also approved the first riverine port project of Odisha to be setup on Mahanadi River in Kendrapada district with a cargo handling capacity of over 45 Million Tonnes per annum. Moreover, we are developing a chain of 12 non-major ports along our coast, to usher in an unprecedented development in the region,” said the Chief Minister.
Focussing on the development of human capital, he said the government has launched “Skilled in Odisha” program which is coming up as a global brand. Informing that Odisha has a vibrant start-up ecosystem, he said within a few months of launching the “Start-up Odisha” initiative, 250 Start-ups have already registered in the state.