By Pravuprasad Routray
Late Biju Pattnaik had dreamt of building the steel hub of the world in Kalinganagar Industrial Complex in Sukinda area of Jajpur district. For the said purpose about 13,000 acres of land have been acquired and the said acquisition process has started during his tenure in 1990-2000. Top Indian companies like Jindal, Tata , MESCO and NINL have started implementing the project at Kalingnagar. Inspite of the unfortunate incident in Kalinganagar in 2006, the industrialization have picked up speed in Kalinganagar from 2011 onwards.
But in the recent past, since last three to four months, serious disturbances are happening in Kalinganagar, which is pulling back the industrialization process at Kalinganagar. It is becoming very clear that most of the disturbances are being instigated by vested interests for their own interest. In last 3 to 4 months , more than 30 to 40 days of industrial construction activities have been adversely affected in various industries like that of MESCO, NINL, Tata and Jindal. The disturbances are happening due to no valid reasons and the way disturbances are happening, it is clear that they are politically motivated. More than 40,000 people are working in the Kalinganagar Industrial Complex in construction and operations of various industries. Out of the 40,000, around 25,000 people are being affected by the politically motivated disturbances. This has resulted in loss of 10 Lakh man days in last 3 to 4 months due to industrial disturbances.
This loss of substantial man days in Kalinganagar has started the process of migration of people out of Kalinganagar apart from loss ofRs 20 Crore loss of earnings for the local people involved in industrial activity of Kalinganagar.Thi politically motivated disturbances in Kalinganagar apart from causing susbstantial loss of earnings for the local people have majorly affected the dreams of Late BijuPattnaik for establishment of World Steel Hub in Kalinganagar. Local people are demanding that Chief Minister and district administration should find the solution to the ongoing disturbances in Kalinganagarand direct action, otherwise Kalinganagar Industrial Complex will go the West Bengal Way.