Dhenkanal: Bhushan Steel Limited (BSL), a group company of Tata Steel, will construct a 7-km-long cement concrete road connecting NH-55 to eight villages around its plant at Kantabania in Dhenkanal district of Odisha.
Hindol MLA Seemarani Nayak and Bhusan Steel managing director Rajeev Singhal laid the foundation stone for the road at Sarpa village, adjacent to the plant.
Sub-collector Bhabesh Nayak, BSL chief operating officer Subodh Pandey, Corporate Services chief Manikanta Naik and local PRI members were present on the occasion.
Nayak said this all-weather road was a long pending demand and it will be a boon for the local villagers to reach NH-55, particularly during the rainy season.
Speaking on the occasion, Singhal expressed his gratitude to the community and local administration for their whole-hearted support to the plant and reaffirmed company’s commitment for many such pro-people CSR projects for the overall growth of the region.
For developing a comprehensive socio-economic intervention plan for it, the company has engaged a professional agency to assess the needs of the villages, he added.
To be built at a cost of Rs 6.11 crore, linking NH-55 to Sarpa village, the road will also have one km long drain along its side as per the requirement. Around 7000 villagers from 8 villages around the plant including Talabahal, Gantigadia, Sarpa, Raghunathpur, Badibahal, Khaliberena, Kankalu and Paikapurunakote will benefit from it.
After the takeover of Bhushan Steel, as part of its corporate social responsibility initiatives, Tata Steel is constructing two Model Schools in Hindol and Odapada block of Dhenkanal district at a cost of Rs 10 crore.
Besides, a modern mobile Primary Health Care unit of the company has also been proving health care services at the doorstep of the villagers around the plant benefiting around 12,000 people.