Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Wednesday inaugurated Tata Steel’s first steel plant and second such plant after decades-old Rourkela Steel Plant in Odisha at Kalinganagar in Jajpur district flanked by Tata Steel Group Chairman Cyrus Mistry, Tata Steel MD TV Narendran, Odisha Steel and Mines Minister Prafulla Mallick, Industries Minister Debi Prasad Mishra and local BJD MLA Priti Ranjan Ghadei prominent among others on the very special occasion.
Spread across 2200 acre land and set up at an investment of Rs 25,000 crore, the unitary greenfield project and has a production capacity of 6 million tonne per annum.
This will be the second biggest plant of the steel major in India.
Initially Tata Steel’s Kalinganagar plant will have a capacity of 3 million tonne per annum and later, it will be increased to 6 million tonne Tata Group’s Chairman Cyrus Mistry in his address said.
As many as 45,000 people will get jobs once the plant gets fully operational, Mistry added.
Notably, Tata Steel had inked an MoU with the Odisha Government to set up the 6 million tonne steel plant at Kalinganagar in November 2004. But, due to vehement protests by the land losers, the work progress got stalled till about 2010.
The protests had even led to a shocking police firing in January 2006 claiming lives of 14 tribal agitators.
Meanwhile on the red-letter day, the Jajpur district administration beefed up security arrangements in Kalinganagar area as this is the first ever visit of the Chief Minister after the 2006 firing incident.
Congress leader Sarat Rout and over hundred party activists were detained for opposing CM’s visit to Kalinganagar.
Earlier on the day, Congress and Bisthapana Birodhi Janamanch had threatened to oppose the Chief Minister’s visit to Kalinganagar as the Chief Minister had not come to console the family members of the deceased who had lost their lives in the deplorable 2006 police firing incident. Source-