Source: News Bharati English03 Jul 2017 09:55:43

Bhubaneswar, July 3: Odisha will soon get coastal economic zone which will link Paradip Port with the Dhamra Port. Chief Executive Officer of Niti Aayog, Amitabh Kant said. Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said that the state government is committed to the development of Paradip-Dhamra area into a world economic zone.

Niti Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant said a coastal economic zone has been proposed to be set up in Odisha. Kant said around 50 sq.km of land would be needed for developing the infrastructure in the area. Kant, CM Naveen Patnaik, requested him to provide required land for the purpose. A team of officials on Saturday visited Dhamra and Paradip ports to assess the situation.

Notably, 14 Coastal Economic Zones (CEZ) have been identified along the coastline of the country in the Sagarmala National Perspective Plan.

These CEZs are aimed at promoting the development of port-proximate industrial clusters, encourage port-led development, reduction of logistics cost and time for movement of domestic cargo and enhance the global competitiveness of Indian manufacturing sector.

CEO Amitabh Kant met Naveen Patnaik at the State Secretariat and held discussions regarding setting up of a CEZ in the State under the Sagarmala project. Kant said, “We are impressed with the infrastructure at Dhamra and Paradip Ports and the State has huge potential for investments. There is no other State in the country excepting Odisha where two ports are located in so close vicinity,” he added.

The Union Government is planning to set up three CEZs across the country, including one in Odisha which will come up in the combined area of the Paradip and Dhamra ports.