State among 4 leading states in export promotion activities

Bhubaneswar: The Odisha government on Monday said the state has emerged as a top performer in export promotion activities by registering 36 per cent growth and has been recognised as one among four leading states as per the assessment of the Centre.

Quoting a letter from the Union government, special secretary of MSME Panchanan Das said that in export front, Odisha has recorded a growth rate of 36.54 per cent.

Total export figures of the state in 2010-11 crossed Rs 17,000 crore against Rs 12,000 cr in 2009-10, he added.

Reviewing the ongoing projects under Assistance to States for Development of Export Infrastructure and Allied Activities (ASIDE), Chief Secretary B K Patnaik today asked the department to take up aggressive marketing activities among the business organisations and industrial houses for optimum utilisation of infrastructure already created.

Ongoing projects under the scheme include construction of ITES/BPO towers in Bhubaneswar, Auto Park at Mania village in Cuttack, equity participation of government in Haridaspur- Paradeep board gauge rail link, 132 KV line and sub-station with 12.5 MVA capacity for Daitari, and corridor road at Kalinganagar industrial complex.

The new projects sanctioned by State Level Export Promotion Committee include establishment of filigree center at Cuttack, establishment of world trade center at Bhubaneswar, Angul-Duburi-Sukinda Rail Link and IT corporate tower.

The recent projects being considered by the Committee under ASIDE scheme include aluminum park at Angul with proposed amount of Rs 10 crore and incubation center at infovalley at Goudakashipur with a proposed amount of Rs 20 crore.

So far, a total amount of Rs 88.21 crore has been utilised against the receipt of Rs 91.08 crore received under the scheme. The allotment for 2012-13 is Rs 18 crore, Patnaik said.