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Task Force For Cluster

After deciding to set up First Steel Cluster of the Country at Kalinga Nagar, Union Government has constituted a Task Force to identify the potential Industries, which will come up in the Steel Zone.

Pilot Project of Kalinga Nagar Steel Cluster is one of the 100 Days Agenda of the Ministry of Steel and its Medium Term Five Year Plan for boosting steel production in the country.

Task Force will be headed by Union Secretary Steel, Binoy Kumar and to be Co-Chaired by Chief Secretary of Odisha, Asit Tripathy.
 
Mr.Tripathy is taking lot of interest in this regard and Secretary Steel Mr.Kumar is impressed on his drive for Industrial Development.

With Dharmendra Pradhan at the helm of Ministry of Steel, Government of India has decided to set up a Steel Cluster in Kalinga Nagar as Pilot Project keeping in view the bright prospects of steel production in the country in general and Odisha in particular.

Ministry of Steel has been eyeing to produce 250 Million Ton Per Annum (MTPA) steel by 2030.

Looking at the huge target of production of steel, Ministry of Steel is in the process of formulating a National Policy for creation of Steel Clusters in the country.

However at the first place Government of India has decided to set up First Steel Cluster in Kalinga Nagar as the team of officers led by Union Secretary Steel when visited the Steel Complexes in Jajpur were left impressed by its ideal location and infrastructure facilities available.

Legendary Leader Biju Patnaik planned it for Kalinga Nagar way back in early 90’s and set in motion for the development of the Industrial Zone, which houses a large number of major industries.

Kalinga Nagar is a unique place where three Steel Complexes are there like Tata Steel, Jindal Steel and Neelachal Ispat and this has come out as an ‘Ideal Location’ for Steel Cluster.

Union Government is taking up Steel Cluster Program in order to enhance the Down Stream Industry Eco-System in the Steel Sector, said a senior official in the Ministry of Steel.

Steel Cluster will boost the production of value added products and drive import substitution as well as generate more job opportunities for the people.

While the State is over reliant on mineral exploitation and export, the Steel cluster will make a shift from mining to manufacturing, pointed out the officer.

The Task Force for Odisha will look into all these aspects while identifying the industries and investors to come up on Kalinga Nagar Steel Cluster.

In the meantime in order to go further details a Working Group has been formed for finding potential investors and industries in Auto ancillary, Agricultural Implements, Antifriction Bearing Spare Parts, Building Materials and Fittings, Belt and Accessories Copper, Crane Equipments, Corrugated Sheets, Cement, Casting Powder, Ferro alloys, Mobile Equipments, MS Angles, Channel, Rod, Foundries and Forging and several other industries.

Under this backdrop, Union Government has approached the State Government to provide details on land available through State Land Bank, so that investors will be given about the extent of private and government land available around Tata Steel, NINL and JSL.

Department of Industries will be coordinating with the Ministry of Steel in this regard and as it is a time bound program, accordingly Steel Cluster setting is to be taken up on priority basis, said official sources.


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