Bhubaneswar: The Central team, which reviewed the progress of 22 big investment projects in the State, on Friday expressed satisfaction over the efforts being made by the State Government for the growth of industries in Odisha.
Talking to reporters after the high-level meeting, Anil Swaroop, additional secretary (cabinet secretariat) who led the 10-member team, said, “I am glad to inform that the State Government is taking strategic initiatives in all the projects we discussed today. It has also made commendable progress in land acquisition in many cases to fast track the projects.”
“Also, the it is showing the much-needed commitment to secure future investment proposals, if any, from companies, which is itself is very praiseworthy,” he stated.
The visiting delegation examined various issues concerning six projects related to steel and mines, five projects of Railways, four power projects and two projects related to coal. The team also reviewed four industrial set ups of Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IOCL) and one road transportation project.
When asked about the forest clearance issue, being faced by a handful of companies to set up their units, Swaroop said, “In such cases, the approach of the State Government is very much positive. It is concerned about both the development and conservation of forests. So we have discussed that a balance should be maintained to carry out the projects which are facing such bottlenecks.”
Responding to media queries on law and order situation at some places during land acquisition, the official said, ”See, this is a local issue and can be resolved by the administrative officials of the particular region.
“I am pleased to see that the Chief Secretary has set a timeline for every project, be it in pipeline or in a phase. He has also assured the team that the State Government will meet each and every project’s timeline,” said he.
The discussion which also delved into the ‘how’ of implementing Centre’s ‘to-be-sanctioned’ projects, was attended by chief secretary, development commissioner and the secretaries of concerned departments.