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ICC signs MoU with Odisha govt, RITES to undertake to study on the logistics infrastructure of state

Bhubaneswar: 8/12/21: Indian Chamber of Commerce (ICC) has decided to undertake a unique study on the logistics infrastructure of Odisha which covers all modes of transport like road, rail, inland waterways, slurry transportation, public transport, port, and air connectivity.

ICC has joined hands with the Odisha government and RITES Limited to undertake the study and prepare a compressive report.

The study will be carried out with an assessment of the existing infrastructure and future expansion plans of the industries, the road and rail infrastructure of the state. Evaluation of port infrastructure, the potential capacity of inland waterways in relation to types of cargo and volumes, and existing and potential capacity of pipelines for transportation of iron ore mines and oil and petroleum products will also be collected for the study

In this regard, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signing ceremony was held for ‘Comprehensive report on Transport Logistics Infrastructure of Odisha’ at IDCO Conference Hall, Bhubaneswar on Wednesday.

ICC signed two separate agreements, one with Odisha Government and the other with RITES Limited in presence of Asit Tripathy, Chairman, WODC, and Principal Advisor to Chief Minister, Pradeep Kumar Jena, Development Commissioner-cum-Additional Chief Secretary, Planning and Convergence Department, and other eminent dignitaries.

On this occasion, Asit Tripathy, Chairman, WODC and Principal Advisor to Chief Minister, Government of Odisha said that, “We all know about the transport infrastructure constraint of the state. We keep on asking industries about the problem they are facing at regular intervals and prepare an action plan accordingly to solve that. We did construction in Keonjhar and Sundergarh areas using the DMF fund. Caol corridor work is also going on from last few years.”

Hemant Sharma, Principal Secretary, Industries Department opined that, “We expect this report will suggest some actionable recommendation to the government for improvement in transport infrastructure. It is a meaningful exercise as state government, ICC and RITES like organizations involved in it.”

J B Pany Chairman, ICC Odisha State Council said that “The study involves wide-ranging consultation with various departments to collect and collate information and data to prepare the report. The government of Odisha will provide all necessary support for the study. ICC shall make available the final report to the government.”

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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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