Industrial growth of South-western Odisha can bring social balance

January 29, 2010 at 8:12 pm Leave a comment

Following is a report from The Pioneer:

Noted NRI activist Digambara Patra, in a letter to Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, has appreciated and congratulated him for the fast emergence of Odisha as the second favourite domestic investment destination, according to an analysis report of Assocham Investment Meter Study on Corporate Investments published in The Pioneer earlier.

However, if the State Government could encourage more industrial growth in south-western Odisha, it could be even better to bring social balance in the State, he suggested. Instead of making another smelter in West Bengal, Vedanta Alumina Limited could be encouraged to establish a smelter and downstream park in Lanjigarh-Bhawanipatna region, proposed Patra, an assistant professor of Chemistry at the American University of Beirut, Beirut, Lebanon.

Anil Agrawal may be convinced to play a pioneering role towards industrial revolution in the KBK region to bring social balance in the State, he further said. Along with irrigation, agriculture and horticulture, growth in industries and service sectors such as health, higher education etc is equally important for inclusive and overall growth of south-western Odisha, he opined.

He pointed out that south-western Odisha is the most backward pocket in the nation including KBK, Kandhamal, Boudh, Gajapati and Bargarh. Its development is very much important as it covers more than 40 per cent geographical area of the State and all of them are backward, he felt.

South-western Odisha should get highest priority for regional development and an RDC should be located in Kalahandi, being the central place for whole of south-western Odisha, in order to help in administration and development, and it should be developed like Sambalpur, Berhampur, Balasore/Baripada and Cuttack/Bhubaneswar as regional station, he further suggested.

Entry filed under: Balangir, Bargarh, Boudh, Industries and mineral resources, Infrastructure, Kalahandi, Nuapada, Region watch, Subarnapur.

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