In a written reply in the Rajya Sabha last week, the Minister of Commerce and Industry, Piyush Goyal, apprised the members of major infrastructure development happening around Kalinganagar, Odisha which is coming up as an National Investment and Manufacturing Zone (NIMZ).
On the road infrastructure side, the Paradip-Kalinganagar section is being upgraded from 2-lane carriageway to 6-lane carriageway of NH-200 between Chandikhole to KNIMZ and 4-lane carriageway to 6-lane carriageway of NH-5A between Chandikhole to Paradip Port. For the improved rail connectivity to the upcoming manufacturing zone, a Broad Gauge railway line of 104.24 Km in State of Odisha, between Angul and Sukinda (Districts Angul&Jajpur respectively) is being constructed, which provides a direct link between iron-ore rich areas of Odisha (Joda- Barbil) to steel and sponge iron industries in Angul region and will also provide alternative route between coal mining belt of Talcher to coal based thermal power plant in Kalinganagar Industrial areas.
Some major projects have been set afoot to create a robust waterways infrastructure base around the investment and manufacturing zone. To improve waterways connectivity between Kalinganagar and Paradeep and Dhamra Ports, a Detailed Project Report (DPR) for the development of National Waterway – 5 (including above stretches) in Odisha has been undertaken and development of an Inland Water Transport (IWT) terminal in the south of KNIMZ near Pankapal village has been planned to meet external infrastructure linkages requirement for NIMZ at Kalinganagar, Jajpur district in Odisha. Additionally, Paradip Port has also developed a new berth of capacity 5 MMTPA with Ancillary Facilities for handling clean cargo, including containers.