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Ancillary units to get fillip

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Government plans to set up development centres

BHUBANESWAR: The State Government on Saturday decided to formulate an action plan to facilitate growth of downstream and ancillary industries in areas witnessing launch of big industries.

The matter was discussed at a high-level meeting held at the State Secretariat. Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik presided over the meeting.

The meeting decided that both government organisations and private entrepreneurs would be involved in the process of establishing downstream and ancillary industries near upcoming steel plants, alumina refineries, thermal power plants, cement manufacturing units and petrochemical complexes.

The meeting also decided that the State Government would set up development centres at Kalinga Nagar, Rayagada, Paradip, Angul and Jharsuguda focusing on particular industries coming up in those areas.

Infrastructure

The State Government would also ensure necessary infrastructure development and provisions for availability of loans and market linkages.

The ancillary and downstream industries would be provided various facilities as per the Industrial Policy that was adopted this year.

In the case of steel sector, the Government has identified as many as 38 ancillary industries including fly-ash bricks, oxygen gas, refractory material and ferro alloys.

Besides, 19 downstream industries such as steel utensils, SS pipes and coal tar would be encouraged.

Industrial park

As regards aluminium, the National Aluminium Company Limited (NALCO) would take measures to develop 10 ancillary industries like caustic soda, petroleum coke and coal tar and downstream units such as aluminium foils, fused alumina, zeolite conductor and castings.

To ensure development of aluminium-related downstream and ancillary industries, NALCO would also develop an industrial park at Paradip at a cost of Rs. 58 crores.

Among others who attended the meeting include Chief Secretary Ajit Kumar Tripathy, Industry Department Secretary Ashok Kumar Dalbai and officials of NALCO.

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