Bharat Petroleum will set up a second-generation Ethanol Plant in Odisha’s Bargarh at an investment of Rs 900 crore.
Union Minister of State for Petroleum and Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan said this while addressing the valedictory session of the ‘Make In Odisha’ conclave organised by the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion, Odisha government and CII in Bhubaneswar.
“Produces such as straw — that are usually fed to cattle, used to cultivate mushroom or thrown away — can be used to produce energy. We are planning to generate energy from agricultural waste in Odisha to give a new dimension to the economy,” said Pradhan.
Pradhan, however, said the primary objective of the conclave should be making arrangement for providing jobs to the youths in the state. According to the 2011 census, Odisha already has about 1.25 crore youths in the age group of 20 years to 35 years.
“Providing employment to youths is a challenge for all of us. This conclave may help creation of more jobs for youths,” Pradhan said.
The Union Oil Minister also suggested the state government to develop Paradip in line of Jurong island of Singapore where industrial clusters could come up. He said though Odisha was a mineral rich state, it has to go a long way for utilising the minerals in a proper way in ancillary industries.
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