Naveen assures unmatched facilitation support to investors in Odisha

Mumbai: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Wednesday urged investors to come and experience the countless opportunities that the state offers and assured them ‘unmatched facilitation support’ from the government.

Addressing the investors at the Mumbai roadshow, the Chief Minister said invited the investors to make investment in Odisha, which is fast emerging as the Eastern Gateway of India.

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 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.

Odisha is poised to be amongst top 3 Start-up Hubs of India by 2020.