Odisha to set up steel directorate to address issues of raw material, land

Bhubaneswar: With an aim to attract investments and to address raw material, land acquisition problems faced by steel makers, the State government has decided to set up a special Steel directorate.

In a time, when some leading steel companies are leaving the State citing raw material and land acquisition issues, this move is expected to address these pertinent issues.

Notably, ArcelorMittal had already withdrawn from the State and uncertainty looms over the $12 billion project by South Korean steel major Posco.

According to sources, an additional secretary of mines department would be appointed as the director of the steel directorate, and some consultants might be appointed for the growth of steel companies in the State.

Like director of mines who gives advice on mines, steel director will give advice raw material, land issues to steel companies and on steel sector in the State, said Steel and Mines minister Prafulla Mallick.