Union Steel Minister and Ambassador of Japan meet Odisha CM on development of steel cluster

Bhubaneswar, Feb 27: Union Minister Steel, Petroleum & Natural Gas, Dharmendra Pradhan and Ambassador of Japan to India, Satoshi Suzuki today met Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and discussed development of steel cluster in Odisha and prospects of Japanese investment in steel sector and downstream development in the State.

Addl Secretary Steel, Govt of India, Rasika Chaubey gave a presentation about the new initiative called Purvodaya, which  aims to drive accelerated development of Eastern India through establishment of integrated steel hubs in Eastern states of India for which Odisha has the best potential.

This Eastern belt has the potential to add more than 75% of the country’s incremental steel capacity envisioned by the National Steel Policy. It is expected that out of the 300 MT capacity by 2030-31, over 200 MT can come from this region alone.

The CM urged the Ambassador of Japan to consider being the country partner for ‘Make In Odisha’ Concalve 2020, once again. He also made an offer for an exclusive Japan Industrial cluster and township near Bhubaneswar for which the state govt would provide all the necessary facilitation.

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