Bhubaneswar: Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik Friday inaugurated a Tea Packaging Unit of Tata Consumer Products Limited at Gopalpur Industrial Park in Ganjam district. The unit is the largest tea packaging unit in the country.

The Plant has been commissioned in a span of 18 months with an investment of Rs.100 crore. This will provide employment opportunities to more than 900 persons in the district of Ganjam. It is one of the most modern Unit with all the state-of-the-art technologies.

Currently, it has a production capacity of 15 million KGs of Tea which will be further enhanced to 50 million KGs. The Unit will cater to the needs of Odisha, Andhra Pradesh, Karnatak, Tamilnadu, Telengana and Central India. It is operated by M/s Amalgamated Plantations Private Limited, an associate of Tata consumers. It is currently the second largest tea producer in India.

Speaking on the occasion, the chief minister appreciated the role of Tata Group in Odisha, and said that it has been playing a vital role in the industrial development of Odisha. They have also come forward in catalyzing social development through partnering with the government of Odisha in education, health and skill development initiatives. He thanked the Tata group for assisting the State Government in mobilizing medical oxygen, PSA, Plants and critical accessories during Covid pandemic.

Highlighting the stellar performance of the State in setting up industries, the CM said that Odisha has continued to remain at the forefront of industrial development in India. The policy frame work and facilitation mechanism of Odisha has been successful in mobilizing investments in diverse sectors such as Petro chemical, Food Processing, Apparel and Garment. The ongoing diversification of industrial base will further improve the employment opportunities in Odisha, he added.

Joining the programme, industries minister Dibyasankar Mishra outlined the State’s progress in industrial development in last 20 years. He said that the State has provided a stable platform for industries for a healthy growth in Odisha.

Among others, MD Tata Steel T.V. Narendran spoke on the occasion. He said that Tata Steel has invested over Rs.60 thousand crore in the State in last five years. He added that the Tata Steel has invested Rs.500 crore for infrastructure development at Gopalpur SEZ. Sunil D’souza, CEO & MD, TCPL also spoke on the occasion.

Secretary to CM (5-T) V.K. Pandian moderated the programme.

Ganjam collector gave the welcome address and MD of Tata Steel SEZ proposed the vote of thanks. Industries principal secretary Hemant Sharma and other senior officers attended.