Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik Thursday inaugurated a tea packaging unit of Tata Consumer Products Limited (TCPL) at Gopalpur Industrial Park in Ganjam through videoconferencing.
The plant with an investment of `100 crore was completed in 18 months and it will provide employment opportunities to
more than 900 people in Ganjam, said an official.
According to the official, the unit will be developed as the largest tea packaging plant in the country. Currently, it has a production capacity of 15 million kilogram of tea. The capacity will be further enhanced to 50 million kilograms.
Operated by M/s Amalgamated Plantations Private Limited, an associate of Tata consumers and the second largest tea producer in India, the unit will cater to the needs of Odisha, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Telangana and central India.
Speaking on the occasion, the Chief Minister said, “The policy framework and facilitation mechanism of Odisha has been successful in mobilising investments in diverse sectors such as petrochemicals, food processing, apparel and garments. The ongoing diversification of the industrial base will boost the employment opportunities in Odisha.”
Naveen thanked the Tata Group for assisting the state government in mobilising medical oxygen, PSA, Plants and critical accessories during the pandemic.
Highlighting the stellar performance of the state in setting up industries, Naveen said that Odisha has continued to remain at the forefront of industrial development in India.
Industries Minister Dibya Shankar Mishra outlined the state’s growth in terms of industrial development in the last 20 years. Mishra said that Odisha has provided a stable platform to industries for healthy growth in Odisha.
Tata Steel managing director TV Narendran said that the steel major has invested over Rs 60,000 crore in Odisha during the last five years. The company has invested Rs 500 crore for infrastructure development in Gopalpur Special Economic Zone.
Secretary to CM (5T) VK Pandian moderated the programme.