Kalinganagar (Jajpur): After a series of hurdles, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Wednesday inaugurated Tata Steel’s first steel plant in Odisha at Kalinganagar in Jajpur district.
Among others, Tata Steel Group Chairman Cyrus Mistry and Tata Steel MD TV Narendran, state Steel and Mines minister Prafulla Mallick, Industries minister Debi Prasad Mishra and local BJD MLA Priti Ranjan Ghadei were present on the occasion.
In his address during the inaugural ceremony, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said, “Kalinganagar has been transformed into a steel hub of the country. Tata Steel’s plant will help in financial progress of Jajpur as well as Odisha. This will be a milestone in the industrial history of the State.”
The plant which spread across 2200 acre land has been established at an investment of Rs 25,000 crore and has a production capacity of 6 million tonne per annum.
This will be second biggest plant of the steel major and is the largest single-location Greenfield steel project in the country.
Tata Group’s Chairman Cyrus Mistry said initially Tata Steel’s Kalinganagar plant will have a capacity of 3 million tonne per annum and later it will be increased to 6 million tonne.
As many as 45,000 people will get jobs once the plant gets fully operational, Mistry added.
Notably, Tata Steel had inked a MoU with the Odisha government to set up 6 million tonne steel plant at Kalinganagar in November, 2004. But due to agitation by the land losers, which even led to a police firing in January, 2006, claiming lives of 14 agitators, the work could not be taken up on the project till about 2010.
The district administration has beefed up security arrangements in Kalinganagar area as this is the first visit of the chief minister after the 2006 firing incident.
Meanwhile, Congress leader Sarat Rout and more than hundred party activists detained for opposing CM’s visit to Kalinganagar.
Earlier in the day, Congress and Bisthapana Birodhi Janamanch threatened to oppose the chief minister’s visit to Kalinganagar as the chief minister did not come to meet the family members of the deceased who lost their lives in 2006 firing incident.