In order to support growth of steel sector in Odisha, Ministry of Steel has identified major logistics projects needed to be taken up on priority basis, which include rail line and road expansion in a big way.
While Ministry of Steel (MoS) is setting up Integrated Steel Hub in Kalinga Nagar, it has identified several critical rail and road projects in the state, which needs to be expedited.
In fact Steel Hub is launched as part of Purvodaya Initiative launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and facilitated by Union Minister of Steel, Dharmendra Pradhan.
Purvodaya Initiative encompasses Odisha, Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, West Bengal, has been created to enable swift capacity addition, enhance value addition capabilities and improve overall competitiveness of steel producers both in terms of cost and quality.
In the meantime, Ministry of Steel has already initiated Pilot Project for Steel Cluster in Kalinga Nagar and a Greenfield Steel Plant in Keonjhar, officials say.
For the proposed Steel Hub, three focus areas are identified; those include capacity addition through easing the set up of Greenfield Steel Plants, development of steel clusters near Integrated steel plants and transformation of logistics and utilities infrastructure, which would change the socio-economic landscape in the Eastern India.
The Ministry took inputs from Steel Industry about the requirement and accordingly, Rasika Chaube, Additional Secretary Steel is in touch with the State Government.
She has given a list of over 30 rail and road projects critically needed for the Steel Hub, which are critical for the Steel Hub.
The Ministry has already identified rail lines like Banspani-Jakhpura Doubling, Howrah-Chennai Third Line, Completion of Paradip-Haridaspur, Angul-Sukinda, Hijili-Narayangarh, Talcher-Bimalgarh, Dumetra lines.
MoS has urged for new lines to be added like Banspani-Jakhpura Third Line, Howrah-Chennai-Kharagpur to Vajayawada Dedicated Freight Corridor, Barbil-Kiriburu, Gua-Badjamda, Gua-Chiria-Manoharpur, Dhamra-Bhadrakh line etc.
Similarly on road sector, Eight laning of State Highway(SH)-20, National Highway(NH)- 20, NH-720, Six Laning of Duburi-Bamnipal-Keonjhar NH, Four Laning of NH from Duburi to Paradip is needed.
Eight laning of NH-42 and NH-55 and NH-149 is required for the Integrated Steel Hub coming up in Kalinga Nagar, said a senior official.
These projects will be taken up by Ministry of Railways, Ministry of Road Transport and Highways and the State Government is needed to provide all out support and coordinate the entire efforts, said a senior official in the Ministry of Steel.
Chief Secretary Asit Tripathy, who is expediting infrastructure development in the State is in touch with Secretary Steel, Binoy Kumar, who is frequenting the State, said sources.
In order to put in place these critical logistics, coordination between the respective Ministries and State Government is harped on and accordingly the State Government has sent positive response in this regard, said sources.