Bhubaneswar: The Odisha chief minister, Naveen Patnaik, Monday inaugurated and laid the foundation for 19 industrial projects worth investments to the tune of Rs 2675 crore. While ground breaking was organised for 12 project, 7 units were inaugurated by the chief minister through video conferencing from state secretariat. These projects taken under the second groundbreaking ceremony will create job opportunities for 8,187 persons.

In the aftermath of the Make in Odisha Conclave 2016, the first groundbreaking ceremony was held in November, 2017 for 15 manufacturing units which grounded investments worth Rs 11,690 Crore with scope to generate 8,187 jobs, he said.

These projects demonstrate implementation of states vision to broad-base industrial development beyond the mineral-based industries. The projects are in diverse sectors including textiles & apparel, chemicals, fertilizers, cement, food-processing, downstream among others.

Speaking during the ceremony, the chief minister said, the Make in Odisha Conclave in 2016 was an important milestone in our journey towards industrial development and helped generate investment intents in diverse sectors, other than the traditional areas of mines, metals and energy.

Prominent projects for which ground-breaking was held today include a unit of Emami Paper mills Ltd to be set up at an investment of Rs 650 crore at Balgopalpur Industrial Estate, Balasore with a potential to create 1,750 jobs, an official said.

Gruond-breaking was also conducted for a 0.77 MTPA steel making unit of Shyam Metalics & Energy Ltd to be set up at Rengali in Sambalpur at an invesement of Rs 870 crore with a potential to generate 1,373 jobs, he said.

Similarly, a 3.86 lakh TPA capacity cement plant of Toshali Cements set up at Choudwar in Cuttack with an investment of Rs 140 crore was inaugurated by the chief minister. It will generate 170 jobs.

With the objective of attracting 2.5 lakh crore of fresh investments and generating 30 lakh job opportunities as part of its Vision – 2025, Odisha government is diversifying and broadening the states industrial development across the focus sectors, the official said.

The chief minister unveiled the logo for the Make in Odisha Conclave 2018 . The second edition of the biennial Make in Odisha Conclave 2018 has been scheduled to be held in Bhubaneswar from November 11 to15, 2018

Industries minister Ananta Das, finance minister Sashi Bhusan Behera, chief secretary AP Padhi, development commissioner R Balakrishna, industries principal secretary Sanjeev Chopra and representatives of various industries were present at the video conferencing session.