Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Jun 2:
Odisha’s Paradip port – one of the largest artificial, deep-water ports on the eastern coast – will have its dedicated container handling facility within next six months, said Union Commerce Secretary Rita Teaotia while meeting Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik in Bhubaneswar today.
According to a press release issued by the Chief Minister’s office after the meeting, Chief Minister Patnaik raised several key issues pertaining to development of export infrastructure in the state during the meeting with the Secretary.
Patnaik laid emphasis on the container handling facility in Paradip, air cargo complex and cargo clearance facilities in Bhubaneswar-based Biju Patnaik International Airport (BPIA) along with four multi modal logistic parks approved by the State Government to accelerate growth in the state.
“Odisha has a lot of potential in export of marine products, handloom products, agricultural products including cashew, engineering products, spice and chemicals. The concerned export development boards should open their branches in the state,” said Naveen.
He further sought intervention of the Commerce Department in subsidizing export of steel, aluminium and garments so that it can boost these industries in the state.
Odisha has recorded impressive growth in the past few years and eyes double-digit growth in the coming years. Cooperation from the Union Government was needed to achieve the growth target, said the Chief Minister.
Addressing the high level meeting at the State Secretariat that was also attended by Odisha Industries Minister Debi Prasad Mishra, Chief Secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi among other top officials, Teaotia assured that the Union Ministry of Commerce and Industry would take a positive outlook towards various demands of the state.