The State Government has proposed to the Centre to set up National Investment and Manufacturing Zone (NIZM) in the State.
The NIZM requiring 5,000 hectares of land is going to be set up in Kalinganagar industrial estate in Jajpur district. The NIZM will be developed as integrated industrial townships benchmarked with the best manufacturing hubs in the world.
State-of-the-art industrial infrastructure, optimal land use on the basis of zoning, clean and energy efficient technology, necessary social infrastructure and skill development facilities will be provided to create a productive environment for persons transitioning from the primary sector to the secondary and tertiary sectors. It will function as a self-governing and autonomous body.
Replying to a question in the Assembly, Minister for Minor, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) Damodar Rout said the Orissa Industrial Infrastructure Development Corporation (IDCO) is preparing project proposal. After being cleared by the State Government, it will be proposed to the Centre for approval, he said.
It has been proposed that one special purpose vehicle (SPV) will be formed comprising the Centre, the State and the Developers.
Financial and administrative structure of the SPV will be designed keeping in view financial participation of different stake holders. The SPV will do the Master Planning of the Zone, prepare strategy for development of the area and formulate rules and procedures for operation and management.
It will also work for promotion of both domestic and foreign investment.
The NIZM will have developed infrastructure including roads, water, power, skill development centre, common tool and training centre, testing laboratory, industrial township and industrial park.
The Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion will act as the nodal agency for the Centre in matters pertaining to the NIZM. Besides, the Centre will bear the cost of master planning for NIZM. Official sources said the Centre will improve and provide external physical infrastructure linkages to the NIZM including rail, roads (national highways), ports, airports and telecom in a time-bound manner.
A guideline has been issued by the Centre that State Government acquire preferably waste lands, infertile and dry land not suitable for cultivation for setting up the NIZM. The acquisition proceedings must specify viable rehabilitation and resettlement plans, it said.
At least 30 per cent of the total land area proposed for NIZM will be utilised for location of manufacturing units. The State may also reserve a certain percentage of the land for MSMEs.