Odisha reduces timeline for project approval via e-biz

Bhubaneswar, March 2 (IANS) The Odisha government has reduced the timeline for giving various approvals through its e-biz portal for investors in order to promote ease of doing business in the state.

The e-biz portal launched for online delivery of services to the investors have been shortened, simplified and made more user friendly, said an official on Wednesday.

The state government has reduced the timeline for registration of industries to one to three days, which was taking seven days earlier. Similarly, the time taken for land allotment would now be 30 days instead of 65 days earlier, said the official.

Further simplifying the process, the government has promised to supply electricity connection to the industries within 15 to 30 days instead of 60 days earlier.

Chief secretary Aditya Parsad Padhi, who took a review meeting over simplifying the process on Wednesday, directed all the concerned departments to ensure physical delivery of services at ground level within the specified time limit without fail.

Development commissioner R. Balakrishnan advised to make it more sector and service specific for MSMEs.

The e-biz system has been launched to provide a one-stop platform for all investment and business related services and eliminate the need for physical interface with various offices.

It provides for interdepartmental coordination in data sharing verification and service delivery.

Presently, 14 major services like project evaluation, land allotment, shed allotment in industrial estate, approval of plan and issue of license under Factories Act, registration under Boilers Act, registration of establishments employing contract labour etc are being provided through the portal.

The time line for final project approval for an industry within green category has been limited to 15 days. Similarly, the final project approval for industries under all other categories has been reduced from 65 days to 30 days.

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