Kalinga Nagar, Bolangir identified as probable manufacturing hubs

Orissa has identified the Kalinga Nagar industrial cluster in Jajpur district and Bolangir in the economically backward KBK (Kalahandi, Bolangir and Koraput) region as probable locations for development of National Manufacturing and Investment Zone (NMIZ) envisaged under the National Manufacturing Policy of Government of India (GoI).

The proposed NMIZ needs to be developed on a contiguous patch of 5000 hectares of land as mandated by the policy.

“We have already completed two rounds of negotiations with all the stakeholders for development of NMIZ in the state. Some locations have been identified but we are yet to zero in on any site for developing the zone. The final call will be taken by the Chief Secretary and thereafter we will be submitting a detailed proposal to GoI”, said an official source.

Land acquisition, however, remains a big hurdle for the development of NMIZ.

“Takeover of around 5000 hectares of contiguous land is never going to be easy especially at a time when big ticket investments like Posco have been battling for land acquisition for more than six years. Still, we are making the best efforts”, said the official.

The NMIZs would be managed by a special purpose vehicle, headed by a government official and having experts, including those on environment. The industrial townships will be self-governing and autonomous bodies.

In the first phase, a NIMZ will be set up along the Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor and is expected to come on stream in the next few years.

The DMIC project covers six states including Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and Gujarat, which account for 43 per cent of the country’s GDP, 50 per of industrial production and exports and 40 per cent of total workforce. The government estimates that the project will offer employment to over three million people.

The NMIZs would be a combination of production units, public utilities, logistics, environmental protection mechanism, residential areas and administrative services.

It would have a processing area where the manufacturing facilities along with associated logistics and other services as well as required infrastructure will be located.

The processing area may include one or more Special Economic Zones (SEZs), industrial parks and warehousing zones and export oriented units.

Besides, there will be a non-processing area to include residential, commercial and other social and institutional infrastructure.

[Source – Business Standard]

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