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Odisha included in the East Cost Economic Corridor

Bhubaneswar, Nov 18: Odisha has been included in the East Cost Economic Corridor (ECEC) proposed to be implemented under the joint aegis of the Central and State Governments and the Asian Development Bank (ADB). 

The subject was discussed at a high-level meeting between senior State officials and an ADB team held under the chairmanship of Chief Secretary Aditya Parsad Padhi at the State Secretariat here on Friday.

The India Resident Mission of the ADB made a presentation in this regard, following which the proposal for inclusion of Odisha in the ECEC and the action plan to carry forward the project was discussed.

Padhi advised to make a perspective plan of the State Government compatible with the Odisha Vision 2036 Document. The State Government has already initiated the Vision-2036 keeping in view completion of the 100th year of formation of the State in 2036.

It was decided that the Industries Principal Secretary and the Idco CMD would be the nodal officers for the project and the Industries Department would be the nodal department. The corridor would link Odisha with the Global Industrial Corridor and the Global Value Chain.

The presentation made by the ADB team showed that the project would be India’s first coastal corridor. It would cover approximately 1,700 km of coastal line and connect six Major Ports and three deepest draught ports in the country.

The corridor would also connect minerals-rich hinterland having 86 per cent of coal reserves, 82 per cent of iron reserves, 70 per cent of bauxite reserves and 40 per cent of natural gas reserves. It is aimed at boosting the State’s industrial activities, more particularly in the areas of auto, electronics, petro chemicals, petroleum, iron, steel, food processing, textiles, naval shipyards, defence and space exploration. The project would have two basic dimensions, viz., investments for infrastructure development and investments for node-centric development. 

As way forward,  it was decided at the meeting that the ADB technical teams would make assessment of the extent of land availability, clearance from coastal areas, flood line, forest area, other restricted areas, connectivity with highways, rail net work, proximity to ports and airports, availability of utilities like power and water, proximity to existing industrial agglomerations, proximity to urban centers, availability of  housing and service ecosystem in urban centres, availability of skilled manpower supply, presence of skill development training and incubation facilities, etc. 

A target was set to prepare a Conceptual Development Plan in the first Stage by March 2017.

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