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Bhubaneswar, NFAPost: In accordance with Orissa Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik’s vision to make Odisha the manufacturing hub of the East, Western Odisha Development Council (WODC) led the “Industry care” meeting with the industries and MSME units operating in the Angul and Dhenkanal districts to solve several issues and concerns related to land, power and logistics.

Led by WODC Chairman and Principal Advisor to Odiisha Chief Minister Asit Kumar Tripathy, IAS (Retd.) and other senior officials from the Industries, MSME, Forest, Environment(Pollution Control) and Energy department organised a 2 days visit to Angul to engage with the industrial units formally and to address their issues on a high priority basis.

The team led by Asit Kumar Tripathy met forty-two large-scale and more than fifty MSME industries of the region including NALCO, NTPC, MCL, GAIL, TATA Steel BSL, Vedanta and JSPL among many others.

The event started with a welcome address by Hemant Sharma, IAS Principal Secretary Industries Department, followed by an address by Asit Kumar Tripathy.

A detailed discussion was held on the issues such as the conditions of the state and national highways in the Angul-Dhenkanal industrial cluster, dumping of fly ash, development of district industrial areas, construction of an in-stream storage check dam.

Various district level functionaries from the departments of agriculture, horticulture, F & ARD, APICOL, Mission Shakti, Tourism, Lead Bank and NABARD etc. were directed to help the local entrepreneurs in scaling up the existing projects and increase their incomes.

On the second day of the visit, the team visited Angul Aluminium park to take a stock of the recent developments followed by an interactive session with the MSME industries. Issues relating to IDCO industrial estate, power supply, raw material linkage, financing to the SMEs were discussed among the key shareholders.

Senior officials from the department of MSME including Odisha MSME Department Principal Secretary Satyabrata Sahu, Odisha Industries Director Md Sadique Alam, (IAS) along with the district collectors of Angul and Dhenkanal Siddharth Shankar Swain and Saroj Kumar Sethi participated in the event.

Through these initiatives, the State Government is also bridging the gap between policy formation and execution leading to the seamless coordination between the industries and the local government bodies of the respective districts.

IPICOL Managing Director Bhupendra Singh Poonia highlighted the District Investment Promotion Agency (DIPA) initiative which is streamlining the last mile investment and aftercare process at the district level.

About Odisha:

Located on the east coast of India, Odisha has a coastline of 480 km along the Bay of Bengal. The modern State of Odisha was formed on 1 April 1936 but its history dates to the era of Kalinga mentioned in the Mahabharata. Over the years the state has maintained a unique cultural identity distinct from all of its neighbouring States.

Traditionally, the State has been known for its mineral and mining strength. Since the turn of the millennium, the focus of the State has shifted to manufacturing and services industrial growth. The State Government has also taken several unique initiatives to ensure that a hassle-free and conducive business environment is provided to the investors setting up units in the State. This website is a one-stop location for all such information.


Industrial Promotion and Investment Corporation of Odisha (IPICOL) is the single point of contact for all industrial investments in the State. IPICOL is responsible for devising the investment promotion, facilitation and aftercare strategy for the state of Odisha. IPICOL, as the investment promotion agency of the State of Odisha, undertakes all activities to promote Odisha as the investment destination of choice.

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