Bhubaneswar, May 28: On Saturday Odisha’s biggest integrated steel plant, Jindal Steel and Power Ltd (JSPL) was made operational with the commissioning of the country’s largest blast furnace at Angul. With the commissioning of the blast furnace, JSPL became India’s fourth largest steelmaker after JSW, SAIL and Tata Steel.
Addressing the inaugural session, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said that it would provide direct employment to around 30,000 people and indirect jobs to many others. Patnaik said, “... As India looks to reach steel manufacturing capacity of 300 million tons by 2030, I am proud to note that more than 20% of the country’s steel shall continue to be produced from our state.” Stating that the state government is committed to provide all support to the steel industry, he said “we have added more than 16 mtpa steelmaking capacities in the state since 2005”.
Further he said that “My vision is to create 30 lakh additional employment opportunities by 2025 and bring prosperity for the people of the state. JSPL’s 6mtpa steel plant is yet another step towards realizing that vision,”
JSPL Chairman Naveen Jindal said the plant was set up at an investment of about Rs 33,000 Crore. “It’s a dream come true. This happiness cannot be expressed in words. This is the result of the hard work and dedication of thousands of people,” said the JSPL chairman. “JSPL would increase substantially with commissioning of the new blast furnace at Angul and the effort would be to make the company debt-free in the next five years,” he added.