Former Baleswar MP Rabindra Kumar Jena has expressed his deep gratitude to Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik for his announcement of a mega project of HPL (Haldia Petrochemicals Limited) for the district.
The project proposed to be established at Baliapal near Subarnarekha port envisages an investment to the tune of Rs 78,225 crore, paving way for direct employment of about 10,000 persons .
Following announcement of the mega project, Jena observed, “After a lot of persuasions, the State Government finally conceded to the proposal placed before the CM by me. In February this year, an MoU was signed with the oil company. For identification of the appropriate venue for the unit, several other places in other districts were too considered and finally the project was inked in favour of Baleswar district.
The unit after establishment would attract more downstream as well as ancillary industries which would generate more employment scope . About 2,500 acres of land would be required to establish the unit .00
However , the project would definitely give a quantum boost to the local employment as well economy when construction works of the Subarnarekha port, with estimated cost of around Rs 5,000 crore , is in progress. On behalf of residents of Baleswar I express my sincere thanks to the CM, said Jena.
He further opined that the district which was witnessing a stagnancy of industries and employment after nineties would find a sea change following establishment of these two projects , the Subarnarekha port and the HPL unit.
Notably, during the tenure of Jena as MP, on February 13, 2019, the foundation stone for several projects including the Subarnarekha port at a cost of Rs 6,524 crore were laid by the Chief Minister during his visit to the district ahead of the general elections.