In a big boost to the state’s industry sector, chief minister Naveen Patnaik on Saturday laid the foundation stone of 23 projects and inaugurated three units worth Rs 5,567 crore with a total 9,168 employment opportunities.
A solar power plant by Aditya Birla Renewables Ltd at Harabhanga in Boudh district built at an investment of Rs 352.5 crore, a vegetable oil manufacturing unit by AKM Agro at Khurda with Rs 91.5 crore investment and expansion of the cold rolling mill by Jindal Stainless Ltd at a cost of Rs 265 crore were inaugurated by the chief minister.
The 23 projects are from diverse sectors. “Naveen has laid foundation of two of our projects which will have a total investment of over Rs 1,000 crore. The two projects will be commissioned within 24 to 27 months and will provide jobs to people in remote corners of the state,” said Prashant Ahluwalia, managing director of the KJS Ahluwalia group.
The chief minister also directed the Odisha Film Development Corporation to showcase Odisha to attract filmmakers to the state.