Odisha clears land for Tata Steel to set up industrial park

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Bhubaneswar, June 21 (IANS) The Odisha cabinet, at a meeting chaired by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, on Thursday approved a proposal by Tata Steel for utilising 1,735 acres of land for developing a private industrial park at Gopalpur in Ganjam district.

Of the 2,970 acres of land handed over to Industrial Industrial Infrastructure Development Corp (IDCO) for setting up a steel plant at Gopalpur by Tata Steel, 1,235 acres notified by the Central government as SEZ may be utilized by the Tata Steel Special Economic Zone Ltd (TSSEZL), said a Cabinet note.

“The balance 1,735 acre may be utilized by the said company for setting up a private industrial park as domestic tariff area.”

The Cabinet also approved the lease of government land measuring 181.77 acres near Sambalpur in favour of IIM-Sambalpur for construction of a permanent campus and decided to withdraw provision regarding the appointment of pro-chancellor of the Biju Patnaik University of Technology.

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It also cleared alienation of government land of 881 acres in four districts free of cost in favour of Union Ministry of Railways for construction of Daspalla-Balangir segment of the crucial Khurda-Balangir new broad gauge railway line.

The cabinet also approved drinking water projects worth Rs 316 crore under its BASUDHA scheme that would benefit 2.79 lakh people under three blocks – Jeypore, Boriguma and Kotpad – in Koraput district. The projects would be completed in two years.

–IANS

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