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Multiple funding sources to help further develop various tourist attractions and infrastructure in the coastal areas

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Following is from a report in Telegraph.

The capital will soon have a mega-tourist circuit for which the Centre has sanctioned Rs 8.14 crore.

The proposed tourist circuit envisages, among others things, renovation of two major roads in Old Town area, construction of a ‘parikrama’ around Lingaraj temple, soft-lighting for eight protected monuments and two tourism interpretation centres.

While the tourism department is trying to revive Ekamreswar, the miniature temple of Lord Lingaraj near Lingaraj police station, a dedicated road corridor will be constructed to link Puri, the Old Town area and Khandagiri via Dhauli.

Moreover, a 3,000-seater amphitheatre will be constructed opposite Madhusudan Park at Pokhariput.

… Samal spoke to reporters after the heritage walk, which was held today as part of World Tourism Day function.

The circuit will aim at facilitating various cultures as the city is perhaps the only one place in the region where three major religions — Hinduism, Jainism and Buddhism — have their presence and the Daya riverbed is linked to the transformation of Emperor Ashok from Chandashok to Dharmashok.

… While the mega circuit will be part of the development of the ambitious Bhubaneswar-Puri-Chilika tourism sector, the Old Town area of the city will have a 40-feet road near the temple connecting Kotitirtheswar Lane and a proposed three-acre parking site.

Later, the same road will be extended up to Kedar Gouri temple. These two roads, in turn, will provide a better corridor so that tourist vehicles can pass through the areas smoothly. Similarly, a ‘parikrama’ or circular road will be planned around the Lingaraj temple.

“Apart from providing better connectivity to the Old Town area, the side walls of various buildings and structures will be decorated with tiles of red laterite stones. The concept has already been adopted in various western cities and states such as Rajasthan. …

The mega circuit will also emphasise on infrastructure development to connect various sites of Buddhist and Jain religious interests. Other than central assistance, there is also a plan to develop a road connecting Gangua nullah (through its right embankment) to the historical Kapileswar village. Another road will link Ganesh Ghat near Dhauli Peace Pagoda with the Jatni Kapilaprasad Road.

According to the pre-feasibility report, the state government will spend more than Rs 30 crore on the two proposed roads.

“These two roads will connect Dhauli with Khandagiri and the travellers and tour operators need not take the longer Cuttack-Puri Road via Rasulgarh to reach the historical Jain sites. Even nature lovers visiting places such as Deras in Chandaka or Nandankanan Zoological Park can take this road in future,’’ said the MLA.

“The state government has also asked the Bhubaneswar Development Authority to construct an amphitheatre opposite Madhusudan Park in Pokhariput. This will resemble the amphitheatre at the Utkal Sangeet Mahavidyalaya near Rabindra Mandap,’’ he said.

Sources at the public works department said: “There is a plan to construct a flyover over the railway level crossing at Pokhariput for Rs 42 crore. While the state government will share Rs 22 crore, the rest will come from the railways. Once the flyover is commissioned, the road from Dhauli to Khandagiri will become a vital link to various religious centre.’’

Under the mega tourism circuit, temples such as Lingaraj, Rajarani, Mukteswar, Rameswar, Parsurameswar, Lakshmaneswar, Bharateswar and Satrughneswar will be illuminated with light emitting diode based ‘dynamic lighting system’ for which Rs 3.98 crore will be utilised. The project will be executed by the Orissa Tourism Development Corporation.

Hinting at the development of two interpretation centres near the Lingaraj temple, Samal said: “While one will be constructed on the premises of Sibatirtha Mutt, the other one will come up near the employees’ colony.’’

On the proposed tourist interpretation centre near Khandagiri-Udaygiri caves, he said the project would be completed within two or three months time.

Following is from a report in Business Standard.

The Orissa government has decided to promote heritage tourism at eight locations along the coast line with an investment of Rs 7.41 crore in the next five years.

Based on archeological, architectural, sculptural and historical importance, the selected structures, identified by the state archeology department, would be taken up under the World Bank funded Rs 227.64-crore Integrated Coastal Zone Management Project.

… The structures identified to get a face lift under the scheme included Potagarh (Buried Fort), located on the bank of river Rushikulya in Ganjam town which stands as a mute witness to the vicissitudes of history in Orissa.

Apart from historic Potagarh, the British Cemetery near Ganjam town, Bhaba Kundaleswar temple of Manikapatna, Baliharichandi temple near Puri, Hariharadeva temple, Nairi, Bateswara temple, Kantiagada (Ganjam), Jagannath temple, Pentha and Jamboo Colonial Building, Kendrapara will be refurbished under the scheme.

Preservation of ancient monuments under the project will include their protection, structural conservation, chemical conservation, landscaping and maintainance from time to time.

… The officials of the Gujarat and West Bengal projects along with a World Bank team visited various places including Ganjam and Kendrapada districts in the state recently to review the implementation of the project. Project Director of ICZM (Orissa) AK Pattnaik briefed the team about various steps taken under the project and their progress. The scheme, whose tenure spans from 2010 to 2015, is being implemented in two coastal stretches: Paradeep to Dhamara and Gopalpur to Chilika.

Petronet considering Odisha port locations for an LNG terminal; this logic extends to many other situations

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Following is an excerpt from a report in Business Standard.

Petronet LNG Ltd, one of the fastest growing companies in the Indian energy sector has evinced interest in setting up an LNG (Liquified Natural Gas) terminal along the Orissa coast.

Dhamara, Gopalpur and Paradip ports in the state have been identified as the possible locations for the proposed LNG terminal which is set to cost Rs 4,000-5,000 crore.

“Petronet LNG is keen to set up an LNG terminal along the Orissa coast. The company is yet to zero in on any site though Dhamara, Gopalpur and Paradip have emerged as the potential locations. Petronet LNG has told us that the Orissa coast is the most suitable location for setting up the LNG terminal in which Rs 4,000-5,000 crore will be invested,” T Ramachandru, principal secretary (industries), Orissa government told Business Standard.

Petronet LNG is understood to be in talks with Paradeep Port Trust (PPT) authorities as well as promoters of Dhamara Ports Company Ltd (DPCL) and Gopalpur Ports Ltd (GPL) for the project. “We had initial discussions with the officials of Petronet LNG. They have proposed to set up an LNG terminal along the Orissa coast and we are open to the idea of setting up the terminal at Gopalpur. Petronet LNG officials have talked to PPT authorities as well as DPCL,” said Charchit Mishra, director of GPL.

… Petronet runs India’s first LNG receiving and re-gasification terminal at Dahej (Gujarat) having a capacity of 10 million tonne per annum (mtpa), equivalent to 40 mscmd (million standard cubic metres per day) of natural gas. The company is in the process of building another terminal at Kochi (Kerala) which will have a capacity of five mtpa equivalent to 20 mscmd.

Following is from the "About Us" page of Petronet.

Formed as a Joint Venture by the Government of India to import LNG and set up LNG terminals in the country, it involves India’s leading oil and natural gas industry players. Our promoters are GAIL (India) Limited (GAIL), Oil & Natural Gas Corporation Limited (ONGC), Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IOCL) and Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (BPCL).

The following map gives an idea that the location picked and being considered by Petronet is not going to be a one-off thing. From the shape of India it becomes clear that many companies who will be importing "things" and distributing them across India would think of three ports: one in the West, one in the South and one in the East. In the East, since Odisha has a much longer coast line than West Bengal, there is a rush to establish ports in Odisha. These ports are going to be a big factor in the development of Odisha. Because of that Odisha is and should be zealously protecting the welfare of its existing and planned ports.

Odisha Single Window Clearance Committee cleared five proposals worth Rs 1,340 crore

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Following is an excerpt from a report in Telegraph.

… the single-window clearance committee of the state government, cleared five proposals worth Rs 1,340 crore. Industries secretary T. Ramchandru said that Orissa-based Konark Kranti Energy would set up a petroleum complex at Paradip and a petroleum storage facility at Dhamra port. “The company will invest Rs 300 crore,” he said.

Britania Industries Limited would also set up a plant at Khurda with an investment of Rs 51 crore.

Around 700 people will be employed by the firm. Everest Industry would set up a corrugated asbestos plant at Somanthpur in Balasore with an investment of Rs 69 crore, Chariot Steel and Power would expand its cement plant at Sundergarh and invest Rs 320 crore while Nababharat Ventures Limited would set up a power plant with an investment of Rs 600 crore, he added.

New investments and investment projects under implementation

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Following is from a Business Standard report in

Orissa has continued its growth momentum as a favourite destination for investors attracting investments worth Rs 98,929.49 crore in the April-June period of this fiscal. The most of these new investment proposals are in sectors like power, steel, cement, food processing and downstream industries.

The single largest investment proposal of Rs 45,000 crore has come from Strategic Energy Technology Systems Pvt Ltd for a coal to liquid project at Angul on May 12, 2010.

The bulk of the investments- Rs 33,569.25 crore has been proposed in the power sector with proposals for setting up of Independent Power Plants (IPPs) with a cumulative capacity of 7740 MW.

Ferro Alloys Corporation (FACOR) Power Limited has proposed to set up a 270 MW (2×135) coal-based thermal power plant at Haridaspur in Jajpur district. Similarly, KU Projects intends to set up a 1320 MW (2×660) power plant at Thakurpur in Sonepur district at an investment of Rs 7260 crore. This project has been cleared by the High Level Clearance Authority (HLCA) of the state government.

Similarly, Shivani Thermal Power Station of Ghaziabad (Uttar Pradesh) has proposed to set up a 1320 MW (2×660) power plant at Chhotapadagan in Cuttack district at a cost of Rs 7554.54 crore.

Visa Power has submitted a revised proposal to the state government owned Industrial Promotion and Investment Corporation of Orissa Ltd (Ipicol) to set up a 1320 MW (2×660) power plant at Brahmanabasta in Cuttack district, entailing an investment of Rs 6319.48 crore.

Shri Anant Infra Energy Pvt Limited has evinced interest to set up a 210 MW coal-based power plant at Garjan Bahal in Sundergarh district.

Responsive Industries Ltd has proposed to set up a 1320 MW (2×660) power plant at Manmunda in Boud district at a cost of Rs 6487.50 crore.

CLP Power India Pvt Ltd plans to set up a 1980 (3×660) MW power plant at Majhapada in Sundergarh district at a cost of Rs 10,000 crore.

Among the investment proposals in the cement sector, Kolkata-based Icore Super cement Ltd has proposed to set up a cement plant at Somnathpur in Balasore district at an investment of Rs 151 crore.

While Ramco Industries Limited has evinced interest to set up a 120,000 tonnes per annum asbestos fibre cement sheet plant at Jharsuguda at a cost of Rs 35 crore, Madras Cement intends to set up a 4000 tonne per day cement plant at Nandibera in Malkangiri district at a cost of Rs 750 crore.

Reliance Cementation Ltd has submitted proposal for a 2.8 million tonne per annum cement plant at Jallangbara in Sundergarh district at a cost of Rs 970 crore.

Similarly, Binani Cement plans to set up a one million tonne per annum clinker grinding unit at Dhamara in Bhadrak district at a cost of Rs 130 crore.

In the steel sector, Rashmi Metalliks Limited has proposed to set up a three million tonne per annum pelletisation plant and 44 m captive power plant at Baliarpur in Bhadrak district at an investment of Rs 3465 crore.

The Orissa Minerals Development Company Limited has evinced interest for a two million tonne per annum beneficiation and pelletisation plant at Dalki in Keonjhar district at a cost of Rs 889 .

Following is excerpted from a report in

The statewise breakup of investment under implementation as on June ’10 (Rs. Crores) has been Maharashtra (666065), Orissa (498190), Gujarat (487361), Andhra Pradesh (478612), Tamil Nadu (334960), UP (326356), Haryana (318488), West Bengal (288109), Karnataka (279033), Jharkhand (173008), Chhattisgarh (167557), Madhya Pradesh (165848), Kerala (126223), Punjab (115683), Rajasthan (84955), Bihar (59339), Jammu & Kashmir (44339), Himachal Pradesh (43928), Uttrakhand (38869), Assam (36124).

… The capital goods industry’s performance is mainly on account of spurt in investment activity in Haryana, UP, Kerela, Orissa and Uttarakhand in the first quarter of 2009-10.

… The rate of implementation (% share in total live investments) as per June 2010 in prominent states, has been the most in Haryana (81.5) followed by UP (70.6), Assam (65.9), Maharashtra (61.7), Punjab (60), Andhra Pradesh (58.5), Himachal Pradesh (56), Jammu & Kashmir (53.1), Kerala (51.9), Bihar (50.5), West Bengal (49.4), Tamil Nadu (47.7), Orissa (44.3), Chhattisgarh (40.6), Madhya Pradesh (40.2), whereas states like Uttrakhand (39.1), Gujarat (38.9), Rajasthan (34.7), Karnataka (32.7) and Jharkhand (28.2) are lagging behind in this aspect.

Development locations in the three regions of Odisha – in maps

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The Coastal Belt.

The Western Industrial Belt.

The Southwestern & Central Outposts.

Envisioning the 150 km radius around Bhubaneswar in 20 years

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In 20 years (i.e., in 2030) the Bhubaneswar-Cuttack-Khurda population would be around 4 million plus. In addition the area would be surrounded by the following cities/towns within 150 kms radius (i.e., about a hour and half away).

  • Berhampur-Gopalpur to the south (with a then population of 1.5 million; about 145 kms away)
  • Puri to the south (with a then population of 700K; only 30kms away)
  • Kalinganagar to the North (with a then population of 500K; only 50 kms away)
  • Talcher-Angul to the West (with a then population of 500K; only 110 kms away)
  • Dhenkanal to the west (with a then population of 200K and almost in the periphery)
  • Paradip to the east (with a then population of 400K and 90 kms away)
  • Dhamara-Chandbali to the Northeast (with a then population of 200K and 140 kms away)
  • Bhadrak to the North (with a then population of 200K and 140 kms away)

A little farther is

  • Balasore-Chandipur to the North (with a then population of 300K and 162 kms away from the Northern end of Bhubaneswar-Cuttack-Khurda area)

In addition there will be several port towns other than the ones mentioned above and a few smaller towns (For example, Nayagarh)  within 200km radius of greater Bhubaneswar.

Besides individual CDPs for these areas the Odisha governement should start making plans for this larger overall area. It would form a different kind of megalopolis than New Delhi, Mumbai or Kolkata with a well planned hub (Bhubaneswar) surrounded by mini-hubs and with rural areas in between. I can not off-hand think of another such area in the world; may be the readers can point me to some. Please suggest what kind of plans need to be made. (Please note that for something to be up and running in 20 years, plans need to be made now.) For example:

  • Commuter trains at frequent intervals and the necessary infrastructure for that. Following are some of the segments
    • Bhubaneswar-Puri-Konark-Astaranga (Puri-Konark-Astaranga needs to be built; alternatively if Astaranga port comes up, then there may be a new line from Barang to Astaranga)
    • Bhubaneswar-Berhampur-Gopalpur (Berhampur-Gopalpur needs to be built)
    • Bhubaneswar-Jajpur Rd(Kalinganagar)-Bhadrak-Dhamara (Bhadrak-Dhamara is ready but no trains yet)
    • Bhubaneswar-Jajpur Rd(Kalinganagar)-Bhadrak-Balasore-Baripada
    • Bhubaneswar-Jakhapura(Kalinganagar)-Tomka (on the line to Kendujhargarh)
    • Bhubaneswar-Cuttack-Paradeep (ready)
    • Bhubaneswar-Dhenkanal-Talcher-Angul (ready)
    • Bhubaneswar-Khurda-Nayagarh and beyond (being constructed; part of Khurda-Balangir)
    • Angul-Talcher-Sukinda-Kalinganagar (being constructed)
  • Expressways linking these places
  • Fast buses linking these places
  • Fast airport shuttle
  • Some of these places would be connected by waterways including National Waterway 5
  • Express ring road around each of these places
  • Co-ordinated public transport in each of these places
  • ??

Please let your imagination run wild!

Push for micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in Odisha

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Following is an excerpt from a report in Business Standard by Bishnu Das.

To meet the infrastructure needs of micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) on a priority basis, the Orissa government has reserved 20 per cent of the area in all industrial estates, industrial parks, industrial corridors and land banks for such units.

Further, the state-owned Industrial Infrastructure Development Corporation (Idco) will promote new exclusive zones for MSMEs in all major industrial hubs of the state.

The locations where exclusive industrial parks will be promoted include Kalinganagar, Barbil, Jharsuguda, Sambalpur, Dhenkanal, Rourkela, Baragarh, Balasore, Dhamara, Gopalpur, Chhatrapur, Raygada, Kalahandi and Choudwar.

Such exclusive zones will also come up near the Special Economic Zones (SEZs) in the state.

… The government has also decided that wherever land is provided to large and medium industries, 10 per cent of the land, subject to a maximum limit of 200 acres, will be earmarked for setting up MSMEs. This will facilitate the setting up of ancillary and downstream units, preferably in cluster mode, a source added.

… Sources said that Common Facility Centres (CFCs), to be set up by the Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) constituted for the MSME clusters, would be entitled for allotment of land free of cost at various locations in the state.

… To provide assured sources of raw material for such units, the Orissa Small Industries Corporation (OSIC) and the National Small Industries Corporation (NSIC) will set up raw material banks.

The two organisations will act as nodal agencies for MSMEs and public sector resource companies will accord priority to OSIC and NSIC in supply of raw materials, which will be made available to MSMEs at the lowest possible rate.

Newly built Dhamara port gets its first ship: Samaja

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Dhamara and Astaranga close to be chosen as the sites for the 2nd and 3rd UMPP in Orissa

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Following is an excerpt from a report in Financial Express.

The proposed port town of Dhamra in Bhadrak district and the coastal village of Astaranga in Orissa are going to get two ultra mega power projects (UMPPs). The Centre, which has awarded two more UMPPs to the state besides the one at Sundergarh, is zeroing in on these two sites for the proposed projects.

A high-level team of experts and officials from the Central Electricity Authority (CEA) and Power Finance Corporation (PFC) identified the two sites after examining five possible sites located near the coast in the state. The five sites are Kirtaniya (on the mouth of the Subernarekha river) in Balasore district, Dhamra in Bhadrak, Paradip in Jagatsinghpur, Astaranga in Puri and Ganja in Ganjam district.

…  The CVR Navayuga Group has signed an MoU with the Orissa government to set up a 60 million tonne cargo handling capacity port at Astaranga with an investment of Rs 6,000 crore in three phases. The Hyderabad based company is also proposing to set up a 2×660 mw coal-fired thermal power plant and a 12 million tonne steel plant near the port.  

A state government official said DPCL and the Navayuga Group has no objection to the UMPPs coming up near their ports. The two UMPPs with 4000 mw capacity each will be developed through special purpose vehicles promoted by the Power Finance Corporation (PFC) with a proposed investment of Rs 32,000 crore.

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Bhitarakanika, a Ramsar site of International importance, is proposed for a world heritage site

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Following is an excerpt from a report in

… In India, just five natural sites have been accorded the WHS status. Manas, Kaziranga, Keoladeo, Sundarbans and Valley of Flowers – all national parks – have made it to the list between 1985 and 1988. No natural site has made into the list after that.

Currently, the Sun Temple at Konark is the only site in Orissa to have been accorded the elite WHS status. The Sri Jagannath Temple at Puri was proposed but in vain.

This time around, the Government of India has chosen seven natural sites to be projected before Unesco. Deserts have made it to the list this year.

It is Bhitarkanika’s unique eco-system that has worked in its favour. After Sunderbans, it is home to the second largest mangrove forest in India.

The wetland, one of India’s finest coastal ecosystems, is home to the country’s biggest salt water crocodiles. The latest crocodile census has put their number at over 1,500. Besides, it possesses Gahirmatha, largest nesting ground for Olive Ridley turtles in the world.

However, much depends on the Wildlife Institute of India, Dehra Dun, which is entrusted with the responsibility of presenting the case of the natural sites before Unesco. In fact, role of IUCN too would come to play during selection in case of natural sites.

In view of its exquisite flora and fauna, the State Government had notified it as a wildlife sanctuary in 1975. The sanctuary spreads over 672 sq km. In 1998, the core area of Bhitarkanika consisting of 145 sq. km was declared a national park.

The area was accorded the status of Ramsar site of International Importance in 2002 in view of its unique and fragile biodiversity. A proposal to notify it as a biosphere is underway.

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Following is a description of it from

Widely acclaimed for its biodiversity in flora and fauna, it is the second largest compact mangrove ecosystem in India. It is also a Sanctuary and National Park. Extending over more than six hundred square kilometres, it is one of the very few evergreen repository of most luxuriant mangrove vegetation in the world. More than sixty varieties of mangrove plants are found here which provide home to a variety of rare and endangered species. The pneumatophores, better known as breathing roots, stand like sentries of the land.

Bounded by rivers on the three sides and the sea on the fourth, Bhitarkanika is criss crossed by numerous creeks and canals which finally meet the sea and make the estuarine delta, the playground of the Bay of Bengal. When the tide enters, the forest floats and the water kisses the foliage. As it recedes, the multi layer mud flats on the banks of the creeks expose their bosom with fiddler crabs, mud skipper fish, little reptiles and the like. it’s a sight to watch.

This deltaic region comprises a couple of tiny islands formed by the meandering creeks. With Dangmal at the centre stage (the others being Ekakula, Habalikhati etc), Bhitarakanika is a natural habitat of a lot of wild creatures like Crocodiles, King Cobra, Pythons, Wild Pigs, Rhesus Monkey, Sambars, Spotted Deer etc. There. is a Crocodile Breeding Farm at Dangmal. The pride possession of this Farm is the White Crocodile Sankhua, a rare species in the World.

Over 170 species of resident and migratory birds of different hue enhance the beauty of the wild. Prominent among them are King Fisher, Open billed Storks, Sea Eagles, Kites, Sand Pipers, Darters, Whistling Teals, Sea Gulls, etc. The chirping of birds nesting at Baga Gahana is sure to leave an indelible impression in any body’s mind. Watching the wildlife in their natural habitat while cruising through the creeks is a thrilling experience. A trek on the laid out routes will also be equally rewarding.

Another amazing phenomenon of nature here is the visit of Olive Ridley Sea Turtles to Gahirmatha in lakhs twice every year between January and March to lay eggs en masse.

An unexpected additional attraction is the remains of tw 9th century monument – a temple dedicated to the worship of Lord Shiva and the other, a Shakti Shrine at Dangmal.

Away from the blinding lights and deafening sound, Bhitarakanika is a different world altogether, a real retreat in the lap of nature. Once in here, the world outside will virtually disappear. Back in work place, the memory will haunt like a fairy tale.

Entry Points :
Permission to visit Bhitarakanika can be obtained from Divisional Forest Officer, Rajnagar, PIN : 754225, Ph: (06729) 72460 or Assistant Conservator of Forests, Chandbali, Pin . 756133, Ph: (06786) 20372 on payment of prescribed fees.
Best season to visit – October to June.

Approach : Bhitarakanika can be approached only through water ways. Most convenient entry points being –

    *      Chandbali (60 km from Bhadrak and 190 km from Bhubaneswar)
    *      Rajnagar (30 km from Kendrapara and 130 km from Bhubaneswar)
    *      Gupti (25 km from Rajnagar)

Motor boats are available on hire
Rajnagar to Dangmal – 3 hrs
Chandbali to Dangmal – 3 hrs
Gupti to Dangmal – 1.5 hrs
Regular bus service are available to Chandbali and Rajnagar.

Nearest Rail head –

    *      Bhadrak (60 km from Chandbali)
    *      Balasore (110 km from Chandbali)
    *      Cuttack (110 km from Rajnagar)
    *      Bhubaneswar (190 km from Chandbali and 130 km from Rajnagar)

Nearest Airport – Bhubaneswar and Kolkata


    *      Aranyanivas, Chandbali
      Reservation : Tourist Officer, Balasore. Ph : (06782) 362048
    *       Forest Lodge-Dangmal, Ekakula, Gupti and Habalikhati.
      Reservation : Divisional, Forest Officer, Mangrove,,Forest,Division, Rajnagar. Dist: Kendrapada, PIN -754225 Ph.(06729), 72460. 

Single window clearance for L&T’s power project in Dhamara and JSPL’s power project in Dhenkanal district

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Following is from a report in Business Standard.

The State Level Single Window Clearance Authority (SLSWCA) headed by Orissa chief secretary Ajit Kumar Tripathy today approved 2 thermal power projects with combined investment of Rs 16,140 crore.

This includes 1680 Mw thermal power project proposed by L &T with an investment of Rs 10,200 crore near Dhamra in Bhadrakh district and 1000Mw thermal power plant proposed by Jindal Steel and Power Ltd (JSPL) at Bainda in the Dhenkanal district with an investment of Rs 5940 crore.

SLSWCA, which considered 10 proposals in the power and steel sector today approved 2 proposals, rejected two proposals while deferring its decision on the remaining 6 proposals.

The two proposals which were rejected are Surya Chakra Power Company proposing to set up a thermal power plant at Balasore and Adhunik power proposing a thermal power plant at Banto in Bhadrakh district.

Talking to the media after the meeting, A K Meena, managing director, Industrial Promotion and Investment Corporation Ltd.(Ipicol) said, due to the non availability of water in different locations some proposals have either been rejected or deferred.

He said, SLSWCA approved the proposal of the L&T Ltd. subject to the condition that the company will use sea water for its plant. Besides, it will have to withdraw the case filed against Orissa government regarding the iron ore lease. It has been suggested that the company will be allowed to sign the memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the state government only after it meets the above two conditions. Similarly, SLSWCA recommended the proposal of the JSPL for setting up a thermal power plant subject to the participation of the company in the creation of water storage capacity in river Mahanadi. The proposals which were deferred are those of Tuff Energy, Tata Sponge Iron Ltd., JR Power Gen Ltd., Poysa Power Project Ltd., Jindal India Thermal Power (capacity expansion) and Lanco group (capacity expansion).


Unused DRDO land to be split between Dhamara port and Oceanic shipyard: Dharitri

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HLCA clears more projects

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Following is from a report in Business standard:

The Orissa government today cleared projects worth Rs 1,27, 727 crore in steel, aluminium, power, downstream and ore beneficiation sectors.

The list includes 3 projects in the steel sector, 2 projects in the aluminium sector, 6 projects in the power sector, one downstream unit, and two beneficiation and pelletisation units.

… enhancement of the steel capacity of Jindal Stainless Limited (JSL) from 1.6 million tonne per annum (mtpa) to 3.2 mtpa at Kalinganagr Industrial Complex at an investment of Rs 16,266 crore and enhancement of capacity of Visa Steel in the same location from 0.35 mtpa to 1.5 mtpa at an investment of Rs 4995 crore were approved by HLCA.

The public sector aluminum major Nalco’s proposal to set up a 0.5 mtpa alumina smelter and 1260 mw power plant in two phases (840Mw + 420 Mw) at an investment of Rs 16,345.89 crore was also approved. Though the company preferred to set up the project at Brajarajnagar, the location might change. The company is seeking 275.30 hectares of land for the smelter and 575.7 hectares for the power plant.

Similarly, the proposal of the Navayuga Steels for setting up a 12 mtpa port based steel complex at Astaranga in Puri district at an investment of Rs 34,000 crore was cleared by the HLCA. The project will come up in 4 phases and the government will not commit any raw material linkage to it.

Though the company requires 4000 acres of land, the government will assess the land requirement as per the benchmarking report after the company submits the detailed project report (DPR), the minister added.

The public sector National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) was given the green signal to set up a 3200 Mw coal based mega power plant at an investment of Rs19,840 crore near the village Gajamara in Dhenkanal district. It requires about 3000 acres of land for the project and will source water from Mahanadi.

However, Jindal Stainless’ proposal to set up 1000 Mw Independent Power Producer (IPP) at an investment of Rs 4090 crore in the same location did not find favour with HLCA with the committee asking the company to change the site of the project.

Other projects which received the nod of HLCA are Rs 6800 crore investment proposal of RSB Metal-tech for setting up 1.4 mtpa alumina refinery, 0.35 mtpa aluminium smelter and 900 Mw CPP at an investment of Rs 6800 crore, Kalinga Energy’s 1000Mw thermal power project at an investment of Rs 4261 crore at Babuchakuli, Arati Steel’s 500Mw thermal power project at Ghantikhal in Cuttack district, Rs 4994 crore investment proposal of Chambal Infrastructures and Ventures Limited for setting up of 1200Mw thermal power plant at Siaria in Dhenkanal district.

Besides, Hyderabad based Lanco Solar’s 250 Mw fully integrated plant to manufacture crystalline silicon solar cells at an investment of Rs 2800 crore in Dhenkanal district, Bhushan Power and Steel Limited (BPSL)’s downstream and ancillary complex in Sambalpur district at an investment of Rs 1953.87 crore, JSW Steel’s proposal to set up 7 mtpa iron ore beneficiation plant and 5 mtpa pelletisation plant at Kamalang in Sundergarh district at an investment of Rs 1450 crore were through in today’s meeting.

Besides, the proposal of Welspun Orissa Steel to set up a 4.5 mtpa beneficiation plant at Nayagarh in Keonjhar district and 4.4 mtpa pellet plant at Dhamra in Bhadrakh district with an envisaged investment of Rs 1963 crore, the proposal of Astaranga Power Company to set up a 2460 Mw power plant at Astaranga at an estimated cost of Rs 11,200 crore were approved by the HLCA.

However, the decision on the 700 mw (Rs 1007crore) power plant proposal of Ind Bharat Energy, 1320 mw (Rs 5604 crore) power plant proposal of Sahara India Power Corporation and the 1100 Mw (Rs 4810 crore ) power plant proposal of Visaka Thermal were deferred.

Urbanizing Orissa and developing civil societies across Orissa – work in progress

Anugul- Talcher - Saranga- Nalconagar, Balangir, Balasore- Chandipur, Baripada- Bangiriposi- Similipal foothills, Berhampur- Gopalpur- Chhatrapur, Bhubaneswar- Cuttack- Puri, Dhamara- Chandbali- Bhitarakanika, Jajpur Rd- Vyasanagar- Duburi- Kalinganagar, Jharsugurha- Brajarajnagar- Belpahar, Kalahandi, Kandhamala, Koraput- Jeypore- Sunabedha- Damanjodi, Paradip - Jatadhari - Kujanga, Rayagada- Therubali, Rourkela- Kansbahal, Sambaplur- Burla- Bargarh- Chipilima 2 Comments »

I believe that for Orissa to develop several urban centers and clusters need to be developed. So far many are developing. The ones marked with red are either developed or are in the path of development. The one in purple (Keonjhar) has a good chance of development. The three green ones in the big green zone, denoting Bhwanipatna, Balangir and Phulbani are in need of development. The following table lists what these various urban areas and clusters have or are going to have and what they don’t have and the govt. should make efforts to fulfill those lacunae.

Urban- clusters Univs Medical Colleges Rail con. Empl. venues Needs Notes

Bhubaneswar- Cuttack- Khurda

(1.6 million)

Many Many Good Many



Rourkela NIT, BPUT No Good Many


Talcher- Bimlagarh , Comp. University


Berhampur- Gopalpur- Chhatrapur BU MKCG Good Many Upgrade MKCG to AIIMS  
Sambalpur – Burla – Hirakud SU VSS Good Many Make UCE a unitary university  
Puri- Vedanta University SJU, Vedanta University planned Vedanta University Medical College is planned Good Many    
Paradeep- Kujanga None None Good

Port, POSCO,


University, Medical College  
Dhamara- Chandabali None None In constr Port (in constr), Shipyard University, Medical College  
Vyasanagar- Kalinganagar None None Good Many University, Medical College  
Jharsuguda- Belpahar – Brajarajnagar None None Good Many University, Medical College, Airport  
Angul- Talcher – Nalconagar None MCL plans a medical college Good Many University  
Balasore- Chandipur FMU None Good some Medical College, Develop industry  
Koraput- Sunabeda- Jeypore – Damanjodi Central University None Good Many Medical College  
Rayagada- Therubali None None Good Many University, Medical College  
Baripada- Similipal NOU None So-so some

Medical College,

Chakulia- Buramara rail connectivity

Keonjhar None None Good expected University, Medical College, Upgrade OSME Hope Arcelor Mittal’s plan works out
Bhawanipatna – Kesinga – Junagarh – Vedanta Nagar – Lanjigarh Rd None None In the works expected University, Medical College Hope Vedanta establishes a good township here
Balangir None None so-so very little University, Medical College, Needs more industries Govt. need to FOCUS.
Phulbani None None NONE very little University, Medical College, Lanjigarh Rd – Phulbani – Angul line needed asap, more industries Govt. need to FOCUS.
Bhadrakh None None Good some In between Kalinganagar & Balasore Train to branch off to Dhamara here
Joda – Badbil None None Ok mines University, Medical College, Trains to BBSR needed
Parlakhemundi None None

In Constr

very little University, Medical College, JITM

As noted above, all these places should have a university, a medical college, good rail connectivity and several job centers.

Dhamara port one third on its way

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Following is  from a report in Business Standard.

The construction work of the Rs 2460 crore Dhamara port, being developed by Dhamara Port Company Limited (DPCL), a joint venture of Tata Steel and L & T, is on track with more than one third of the work being completed.

The work is mostly concentrated around building railway connectivity, channel dredging, and berth construction.

DPCL, till date, has invested about Rs 900 crore in the project coming up in Bhadrakh district of Orissa. With the payments of balance dues for procurement of machineries due in the coming months, the investment figure is likely to increase substantially. “Work on all fronts starting from rail connectivity to Bulk Material Handling System (BMHS) is going on in full swing and more than a third of the construction work is over.

We hope to operationalise the first phase of the port by 2010”, Santosh Kumar Mohapatra, chief executive officer (CEO), DPCL told Business Standard. He said, the construction of rail connectivity from Bhadrakh to Dhamara is going on in full scale and the embankment construction is almost complete. Similarly, the construction of berths, cargo handling system, channel dredging is also going on. Meanwhile, the company has already placed orders for all the machineries.

Dhamara shipyard promoters meet CM

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Following is from a report in Pioneer.

The State is all set to have a shipbuilding factory at Charidiha near Dhamara in Bhadrak. It will be the first such private sector venture in eastern India.

The Apeejay Surrendra Group and Bharati Shipyard Limited would set up the ultra-modern ship-manufacturing factory jointly with an investment of Rs 2,200 crore. In the first phase, Rs 900 crore will be invested in the project.

Chairman and Managing Director of Surrendra Group Karan Paul and Managing Director of Bharati Shipyard Limited Bijaya Kumar on Friday called on Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik at the State Secretariat and discussed about the implementation of the project. Discussions were mainly held on the land acquisition process and other necessary clearance needed for the project. As per the provision, the work for the shipyard project will commence from January 2009 and would be completed by 2011.

The factory will have both ship-manufacturing as well as repairing facilities. The project would create job opportunity for 41,000 people directly and indirectly. 7,000 people would directly avail job opportunities in the shipbuilding factory. The State Government would get revenue to the tune of Rs 20 crore per annum from the project.

The oil rig factory would come up with the help of Oceanic Shipyard Limited, a joint venture of both Apeejay Surrendra Group and Bharati Shipyard Limited. It would be completed in three phases. The growth taking place in the steel sector in State would be of great helping for the shipbuilding factory, Government officials said.

In the first phase, 75,000 tonne of steel will be used for establishing the ship making factory. In the second phase, the project will require 2,30,000 tonne of steel, and 4,50,000 tonne in the third phase.

The company is planning to set up an industrial training centre at Dhamara area to train its prospective employees. The Apeejay Surrendra Group has also expressed its willingness to set up a research and design centre and a Knowledge Park at Bhubaneswar.

Latest news on Oceanic shipyard near Dhamara

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Following is from a report in

BS reported that Oceanic Shipyard Limited, a 50:50 JV company formed by the Kolkata based Apeejay Shipping Limited and Mumbai based Bharti Shipyard Limited, expects to commission its ship building yard and oil rig manufacturing unit in Orissa by early 2011.

As per report, OSL is investing INR 3,100 crore in the two projects to be developed in three phases over a period of five years and INR 2,000 crore will be invested in the first phase. The company has selected two sites for these two projects which will be developed simultaneously and had sought around 1,000 acres of land for these projects from the Orissa government.

While construction of a large shipyard has been planned for Chardia in Bhadrak district, the manufacturing and repair facility for oil rigs, off shore structures and support vessels would be set up at another site, north of the upcoming Dhamra port, close to the shipyard site. The project site for the shipyard has received administrative approval as well as clearances from the State Level Single Window Clearance Authority and the High Level Clearance Authority. The site selected for the manufacturing and repair of oil rigs and support vessels has also been cleared by SLSWCA.

Mr Sourav Das Patnaik CEO of OSL said that “The land acquisition process for both these sites has been initiated by the Orissa government and the company expects the process to be completed by November this year. While the site selected for the ship building yard is mostly private land, the site for oil rig manufacturing unit is essentially government land and is expected to be handed over to the company shortly.”

The shipyard project will have a final steel throughput of 350,000 tonnes of steel per year once it is fully operational after the end of five years. In the first phase, ships up to a capacity of 75,000 dead weight tonnage have been planned which will be scaled up to 150,000 DWT in the second phase and finally reach 300,000 DWT in the third phase.

Oil rig and two cold rolling mills proposal cleared

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Following is an excerpt from a report in Pioneer.

Investment proposals worth Rs 1,825.61 crore were cleared by State-level Single Window Clearance Authority (SLSWCA) here on Saturday.

The SLSWCA meeting, chaired by Chief Secretary Ajit Kumar Tripathy, gave its nod to the Rs 900-crore investment project of Oceanic Shipyard Limited (OSL) along with two cold rolling mills with an investment of Rs 925.61 crore.

… IPICOL managing director Ashok Kumar Meena told the media that OSL, a subsidiary of Bengal Shipyard Limited (BSL), has proposed to set up an oil rig, offshore structure and a support vessels manufacturing and repairing unit at Dhamra in Bhadrak district with an investment of Rs 900 crore. BSL, a joint venture of Apeejay Shipping Limited and Bharati shipyard Limited, is setting up a shipyard at Dhamra with an investment of Rs 2,400 crore.

Meena said the company had asked for 950 acres of land at Dhamra to set up the facility in a period of 60 months in three phases from the date of allotment of land. The project would generate direct employment opportunity for 7,500 persons. As the net worth of the group is Rs 647 crore in 2006-07, there would be no problem of raising the funds for the greenfield project, added another official.

The proposal of the Bhuvee Profiles & Stainless Limited (BPSL) to set up a 0.790-mtpa hot rolled plates and coil rolling mill with an investment of Rs 492.66 crore at Kuranti in Dhenkanal district was cleared by the Authority, said Meena.

According to him, a sister concern of the BRG Group, BPSL would be the downstream project of the group. The company has asked for 90 acres of land, though the requirement for the project would be 45 to 50 acres, said an official.

Meena said the proposal of Rabirun Vinimay Private Limited (RVPL) to set up a 0.240-mtpa cold rolling mill complex at Kuranti with an investment of Rs 432.95 crore was also okayed.

Eight steel and power projects approved by high level committee

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Following is excerpted from a report in

  • Bhusan Steels Limited’s (BSL) 6 million ton per annum (mtpa) project, which will entail investment worth more than Rs.15, 000 crore. BSL is setting up a 3.10 mtpa steel project at Meramundali in Dhenkanal district. The company wanted to expand its capacity to 9 mtpa, but HLCA allowed a 6 million ton capacity expansion. Bhusan Energy Ltd for 2000 mw thermal power plant at one go with an investment of Rs.8483 crore.
  • Essar Steel Orissa Limited (ESOL)’s 6 million ton steel complex at Paradeep and 8 million ton iron ore beneficiation plant at Joda will entail an investment of Rs.10, 724 crore
  • Welspun Power and Steel Ltd‘s proposal for setting up a 5 million tonne per annum iron ore beneficiation plant and 3 million tonne per annum pelletisation plant at Dhamra was also cleared.
    While the company had received approval for setting up of a 3 million tonne per annum (MTPA) steel plant at Tangi at an investment of Rs 6103.80 crore earlier, it proposed to set up a iron ore benificiation and 3 MTPA palletisation plant at Dhamra.
  • SMC Power Generation Limited (SMCPGL) to expand capacity from 0.5mtpa to 1mtpa with an investment of Rs. 1366.18 crore was cleared.
  • Increasing the capacity of MSP Metaliks from 0.26 mtpa to 1 mtpa with an investment of Rs.1205.80 crore received clearance from HLCA.
  • 1000 mw thermal power plant by Monnet Ispat and Energy Limited (MIEL) entailing an investment of Rs.4107.04 crore.
  • Jindal Photo Limited (JPL)’s proposal to set up 1000 mw in Angul district with an investment of Rs.4525 crore.
  • Visa Power Limited (VPL) proposal for a 1000 mw power plant with an investment of Rs.3698 crore at one go.

Apeejay Shipyard proposal cleared by the high level clearance authority

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Following is an excerpt from a report in Telegraph.

Another proposal submitted by Apeejay Shipping, the country’s largest privately-owned shipping company, and Bharati Shipyard Limited, one of the leading private shipyards, to set up a project in Orissa at an estimated cost of Rs 2,200 crore was also cleared by the authority today. If and when the project materialises, it would be the first ship building and repair project in the private sector in eastern region.

Apeejay Shipping has a fleet of modern dry bulk carriers operating worldwide. An ISO 9001:2000 company, Apeejay Shipping is a part of the diversified conglomerate, Apeejay Surrendra Group, established in 1910.

The project is proposed to be set up in an area spread over 1,050 acres near the upcoming all-weather port at Dhamra in Bhadrak district at an estimated cost of Rs 2,200 crore. The project would be implemented in three phases and completed by 2013, the sources said.

The greenfield project is expected to create an opportunity for direct employment to 11,300 persons and indirect employment to 40,000 persons.

Land acqusition for Shipyard

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Following is an excerpt from a report in Pioneer.

The District administration on Sunday formally issued a notification for the proposed Rs 45,000-crore ship building plant at Chardia on the banks of the Baitarani river mouth. Surendra Kumar Group of Companies (Ocean Sea port Company, Kolkota) is the promoter of the plant.

Sources said the company has deposited Rs 1 crore with the district administration for land acquisition to be done by IDCO. More than 939.36 acre of land is to be acquired. The Government has issued a notification under Section 4(1). Fiver villages of Chardia, Harispur, Rajendrapali, Kanakpali and Rajrajeshwarpali are going to be affected by the land acquisition said district land acquisition officer Suryakanta Padhi.

Land acquisition status of the proposed shipyard near Dhamara

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