The Odisha government has approved seven industrial projects worth Rs 2,083.88 crore. These seven projects, including three grain-based ethanol plants, are expected to create job opportunities for 2,144 people in the state. The remaining four projects are in the renewable energy, logistics and hospitality sectoThe project proposals, including those from the Indian Oil Corporation (IOCL), the Hindustan Petroleum Corporation (HPCL), and others, were approved at the State Level Single Window Clearance Authority (SLSWCA) meeting held under the chairmanship of Chief Secretary S C Mohapatra.
The projects which received in-principle approval include 500 klpd grain-based ethanol plant and eight MW co-gen power plant by the Indian Oil Corporation at an investment of Rs 870 crore to be set up in Balgopalpur Industrial Estate, Balasore. The project will generate employment opportunities for over 194 persons.
The proposal for setting up another 500 klpd grain-based ethanol plant in two phases at Umerkote in Nbarangpur by the Hindustan Petroleum Corporation at an investment of Rs 500 crore also got the state government’s nod. The project is likely to create job opportunities for over 240 persons.
A 100 klpd grain-based ethanol plant along with compressed biogas (CBG) plant of 12 tpd capacity and 2.20 MW co-gen power plant by Newalt Energy at an investment of Rs 125 crore to be set up at Nuakheta, Bantala in Angul district also received an approval. This project will create jobs for 650 persons.
A multi-modal logistics park proposed by International Cargo Terminals and Infrastructure at an investment of Rs 150 crore to be set up at Kujang in Jagatsinghpur district and 18.75 MW solar power plant by Aditya Birla Renewables at an investment of Rs 89.44 crore, to be set up at Saintala in Bolangir district, were approved by the state government. These two projects will create employment for 100 people and 28 people respectively.
Atmosphere Core India proposes to set up a five-star hotel at an investment of Rs 184.64 crore at Bhubaneswar in Khurda district. This hotel will generate potential employment opportunities for over 469 people.
Another five-star hotel by D N Homes at an investment of Rs 164.80 crore would be set up at Chandaka Industrial Estate in Khurda district that will create employment opportunities for over 463 persons.
The ethanol projects are being encouraged as per the Central government’s target of 10 percent blending of fuel-grade ethanol with petrol by 2022 and 20 percent blending by 2025. The three approved projects, once completed, will help reduce carbon footprint.