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Public hearing on proposed JSW Steel plant passes off peacefully, verdict cheers the people of Odisha

Bhubaneswar:December 21, 2019: In a highly positive development for Odisha, a major milestone in its industrialization efforts was reached when the public hearing for Jindal Steel Works’ RS. 53,700 crore project named Utkal Steel Limited, was concluded peacefully in the Kujang block of Jagatsingpur district of Odisha yesterday. The proposed steel plant is on the same site where the Korean steel giant POSCO’s project was envisaged.

The success of this public hearing paves way for the establishment of an Integrated steel plant of 12.0 MTPA capacity, 10 MTPA Cement plant and a 900-megawatt captive power plant by the Sajjan Jindal-led group, on an area 2980 acres. An all-weather multi-cargo greenfield jetty with handling capacity of 52 MTPA is also part of the project.

This development is important for the reason that it is the same region where POSCO’s steel project had to face resistance from locals. The erstwhile opponents of the POSCO project have also welcomed the JSW project now, demanding an ideal rehabilitation and resettlement package from the state govt.

This peaceful public hearing is an epoch-making event as far as the public perception about industrialization in the state of Odisha is concerned. This has been a possible because of relentless persuasive efforts by the state government and the industry proponents and has set an example for other states.

This development will also help dispel the prevailing misconceptions about this region and with a major port in the vicinity the Paradip in Odisha is poised for diversified industrial growth.

This development is another feather in the cap for Odisha after it edged past Maharashtra as the most attractive destination for investments during H1 or the April-September period of FY20 by cornering 18 per cent of the virgin investments drawn by all states as per the report of the  Centre for Monitoring Indian Economy (CMIE).

About Ashok Palit

Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.

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