Bhubaneswar, Dec 29 :
After suffering serious setbacks following deallocation of several coal blocks , Congress MP and JSPL chairman Navin Jindal on Saturday exhorted the Odisha government to protect coal blocks allocated to industries, including his own, in the state.
Talking to reporters after meeting with the Chief Secretary JK Mohapatra at the state secretariat on Saturday, Jindal said he has requested the state government to ensure none of the coal blocks allocated to the private investors in the state is deallocated.
Jindal took up cudgels on behalf of industrial investors in Odisha and said it is the responsibility as well as in the best interests of the state that the government protects and facilitates investments that are being made in the mineral-rich state.
This will eventually help, he said, generate revenue and also employment for the youth in the state.
On being asked about the commissioning of the 6 mtpa JSPL steel mill at Angul , he said the steel smelting shop and power plant have already been commissioned and the company is hopeful about beginning production in one month’s time.
On the issue of regular supply of raw materials to the plant, Jindal said JSPL will have an agreement with the state-run Odisha Mining Corporation to procure iron ore.