Naveen urges Modi to approve ITIR in Odisha Capital

Bhubaneswar, Oct 30: Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik demanded the Centre to approve the long pending proposal of the state for setting up of IT Investment Region (ITIR) in Bhubaneswar.

In a letter to prime minister Narendra Modi, Patnaik sought early nod from the Centre for the implementation of the ITIR project in the state that would contribute significantly to the new programmes launched by Modi, "Make in India" and the "Digital India" while lauding these programmes.

Patnaik reminded the PM that Odisha government had submitted a detailed project report (DPR) to the Union Department of Electronics and Information Technology on April 13, 2010 for setting up of an ITIR in Odisha state capital.

Even though, the DPR has been cleared by a committee under the cabinet secretary and the state government has given the clarifications about the project to the Union Department of Electronics & Information Technology, the matter is still pending with the Centre.

He stated that the project will be set up in an area of 10210 acres of land with a processing area of 4300 acres to house IT/ITES/Electronics Hardware Manufacturing (EHM) and R&D centres. The proposed project would generate over 2 lakh job opportunities in the IT, ITES and Electronic System Design and Manufacturing sectors.

Patnaik urged PM Modi to intervene into the matter seeking early approval for the proposal.