Urge For Biju Institute

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik urged Union Steel Minister Birendra Singh to elevate Biju Patnaik National Steel Institute (BPNSI) to a national level educational institute of IIT standard.

While discussing on the development of steel industry in Odisha at the State Secretariat here today, Chief minister Mr.Patnaik raised the issue.

Instituted in 2002, BPNSI has been offering various Certificate courses. In 2004, the Union Cabinet had taken decision to make it a fully autonomous national institute, and add B. Tech, M. Tech and PhD in its curriculum.

Recalling the Union Cabinet decision, Mr.Patnaik urged Singh to make BPNSI an IIT level institution soon.

The Chief Minister further proposed the Union Steel Ministry to initiate steps so that Steel Authority of India (SAIL) starts raising minerals from the dolomite and limestone mines spread over 230 hectares of land in Sundargarh district and set up a cement plant there.

These mines were given on lease to SAIL, but it stopped raising minerals since March 2003, he pointed out.

The Chief Minister urged the Union Steel Minister to grant permission to the State Government’s proposal to construct a sewage plant on the 5-hectare vacant land in Rourkela Steel Township.

Mr.Singh assured the Odisha Chief Minister to consider the State Government proposals with priority.

The Chief Minister and the Union Steel Minister also discussed on the proposed steel hub in Kalinganagar.

Among others, State Steel Minister Prafulla Kumar Mallick, Union Steel Secretary, Development Commissioner, R Balakrishnan, Principal Secretary to CM Rajesh Verma, Steel & Mines Department Principal Secretary, R K Sharma Housing & Urban Development Secretary, G Mathivathnan IDCO CMD Sanjay Kumar Singh, and OMC Managing Director R Vineel Krishna were present at the meeting.

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