BHUBANESWAR: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Thursday sought the intervention of Prime Minister Narendra Modi for approval of the proposed IT Investment Region (ITIR) in Odisha, pending with the Centre for the last four years.
The State Government had submitted a detailed project report (DPR) to the Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DeitY) on April 13, 2010 for setting up the ITIR in the Capital City.
The DPR was cleared by a high power committee headed by the Cabinet Secretary.
Besides, all necessary clarifications were also submitted to DeitY.
But the matter is still pending at the Government of India level, the Chief Minister wrote in a letter to the Prime Minister.
“I would, therefore, urge upon your kind intervention for early approval of the ITIR proposal of Odisha, to start the long standing project,” Naveen said.
Operationalisation of the project will contribute significantly to the ‘Make in India’ and ‘Digital India’ initiatives launched by the Centre, he added.
As per the State Government’s proposal, the ITIR project will cover 10,210 acres with a processing area of 4,300 acres to house IT, ITES, Electronics Hardware Manufacturing (EHM) and Research and Development centres.
Besides, it would generate over two lakh job opportunities in the IT, ITES and Electronic System Design and Manufacturing (ESDM) sectors.
The implementation of the proposed ITIR will involve a cost of Rs 17,883 crore.
More than 75 per cent of the investment would be made on the Public-Private Partnership (PPP) mode.
The DPR includes among others an airport, a global IT training centre, a bio-tech park and a science city spread over 350 acres.
The Infocity-II project, being set up over 600 acres of land at Janla on the outskirts of the city, will also be a part of the IT investment region.
The project will be executed in two phases. About 20 per cent of the investment will be committed in the first phase while the rest will be spent in the second phase.