Bhubaneswar: Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik Sunday highly praised the State owned Odisha Construction Corporation Ltd. (OCCL) for its contribution in building a modern Odisha. He was addressing a function organised to celebrate the 60th foundation day of OCCL, here at State Convention Centre .

Congratulating the PSU, the CM said, “I thank everyone associated with the OCCL for the pioneering contributions it has been making for last 60 years in building a modern Odisha.”

He said that in last 60 years, it has taken up many major ventures that include hydro-electric, irrigation, thermal power, industrial, harbour, railway and institutional building projects.

He emphasised that these projects have created enormous employment opportunities over the years and have transformed the socioeconomic and industrial landscape of the state. Dotted all across the state, these projects have hugely improved the water, power and connectivity scenario in Odisha, he added.

Remembering the role of Biju Patnaik in creation of this organisation, the CM said that like many iconic institutions in Odisha, this state PSU was also created by visionary leader and former chief minister Biju Patnaik on 22nd May 1962.

While it was a modest outfit then, has now emerged as a mammoth organisation, specialising in planning, designing, monitoring and construction of civil, mechanical and hydraulic projects, he added.

He hoped that with the adoption of 5T Initiative, the Corporation will bring in more efficiency and professionalism contributing to the transformation of Odisha in 21st Century.
The chief minister inaugurated a number of projects and released a commemorative book on the ooccasion.

Joining the programme, State water resources minister Raghunandan Das outlined the role of the PSU in improving state irrigation infrastructure. He added that under the vision of chief minister Naveen Patnaik OCcL has grown into a massive organisation in construction as well as designing and planning.

The minister presented a cheque of Rs14.75 crore to chief minister as dividend of the State government in the OCCL.

Chief secretary Suresh Chandra Mohapatra also spoke on the occasion.

Additional chief secretary and chairperson of OCCL Anu Garg gave the welcome address and OCCL MD offered the vote of thanks.

Chief minister also launched 18projects of Rs450 cr on this occasion.