Bhubaneswar: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Thursday inaugurated the tea blending and packaging unit of Tata Consumer Products Limited (TCPL) at Tata Steel’s special economic zone (SEZ) in Gopalpur Industrial Park, Ganjam.
Built in a record span of 18 months, this unit with an investment of Rs 83.53 crores spreads over 11 acres and has a capacity of 36,000 Metric Tonnes per annum, and will create employment opportunities for over 294 persons.
This will provide employment opportunities to more than 900 persons in the district of Ganjam. It will be developed as the largest tea packaging plant in the country.
It is one of the most modern units with all the state-of-the-art technologies. Currently, it has a production capacity of 15 million KGs of Tea which will be further enhanced to 50 million KGs. The unit will cater to the needs of Odisha, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamilnadu, Telangana, and Central India.
It is operated by M/s Amalgamated Plantations Private Limited, an associate of Tata consumers. It is currently the second-largest tea producer in India.
Speaking on the occasion, the Chief Minister appreciated the role of the Tata group in Odisha and said that it has been playing a vital role in the industrial development of Odisha.
They have also come forward in catalyzing social development through partnering with the Government of Odisha in education, health, and skill development initiatives.
He thanked the Tata group for assisting the State Government in mobilizing medical oxygen, PSA, Plants, and critical accessories during the Covid pandemic.
Highlighting the stellar performance of the State in setting up industries, the CM said that Odisha has continued to remain at the forefront of industrial development in India.
The policy framework and facilitation mechanism of Odisha have been successful in mobilizing investments in diverse sectors such as Petrochemical, Food Processing, Apparel, and Garment. The ongoing diversification of the industrial base will further improve the employment opportunities in Odisha, he added.
Joining the programme, Industries Minister Dibyasankar Mishra outlined the State’s progress in industrial development in the last 20 years.
He said that the State has provided a stable platform for industries for healthy growth in Odisha.
Among others, MD Tata Steel T.V. Narendran spoke on the occasion.
He said that Tata Steel has invested over Rs.60 thousand crore in the State in the last five years.
He added that Tata Steel has invested Rs.500 crore for infrastructure development at Gopalpur SEZ.
Sunil D’souza, CEO & MD, TCPL also spoke on the occasion.