Bhubaneswar, May 5
Under the Urja Ganga project gas pipeline will connect 19 districts in Odisha where gas will flow to domestic households for cooking and to industries, said Union Petroleum & Natural Gas Minister Dharmendra Pradhan here today.
Pradhan said it would give a boost to ancillary industries and MSMEs besides providing job opportunities in the State.
Pradhan’s observation came after a review of the progress of Plastic Park to be set up by Odisha Industrial Infrastructure Development Corporation (IDCO) and Indian Oil Corporation in Paradip.
He urged the Odisha government to extend necessary cooperation to make the project a success during his meeting with senior officers of the State government. “To make Odisha a developed economy, we need to connect it with gas infrastructure,” he added. Pradhan who also attended a workshop on agri and food processing clusters in State said Odisha will be linked to Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries. “While India imports about 40 million metric tonne petroleum products to meet the energy demand, it has planned to export agriculture products to the GCC countries to meet their food security,” he said.
Pradhan said he would hold discussions in this regard during his UAE visit next week.
“I received feedback from senior officers of the state government on developing agri and food processing clusters in Odisha, which can be linked to UAE, Saudi Arabia etc in GCC. This will fulfil Prime Minister’s vision of doubling farmer’s income and link our energy security with their food security,” said the Union Minister.
“Odisha’s rice and marine products can be exported to these countries,” the Petroleum Minister added.