Bhubaneswar: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has suggested to Larsen and Toubro (L&T) to set up units in aerospace and defence manufacturing and green hydrogen sectors in the state. Patnaik made several suggestions when L&T's CEO & MD SN Subramaniyan on October 28
"As the L&T has an eminent presence in Odisha, the company may explore an option to set up units in aerospace and defence manufacturing and green hydrogen sectors," Patnaik told Subramaniyam.
The chief minister also told the L&T CEO that it may explore opportunities to develop common industrial facilities such as water and effluent treatment plants for upcoming industrial hubs such as Paradip, Gopalpur, and Dhamra.
In the minerals and metals sector, Patnaik said the metallurgical and material handling arm of L&T can also set up an office in Bhubaneswar.
"Odisha is home to all major minerals and metals, and hence L&T can explore setting up an office in the state," he said.
In the infrastructure sector, L&T should set up a mega-structure fabrication facility for supply to its construction sites, he said.
The chief minister also pointed out that a remarkable increase in the capacities for steel and aluminium manufacturing in Odisha will increase the need for mining and mechanical machinery, industrial and social infrastructure and electricity.
As Mindtree has a Global Learning and Software Delivery Centre in Bhubaneswar, Patnaik said the company can upgrade it to a Development Centre.
Shipbuilding is one of the priority sectors in Odisha with three major ports Dhamra, Paradip and Gopalpur, the chief minister said L&T can develop services such as refits, repairs, and midlife upgrades for defence commercial vessels here, said Patnaik.
He added, the company can also take measures to increase the intake at its existing construction skills training institute (CSTI) at Cuttack set up jointly with Odisha Skill Development Authority (OSDA) to 10,000 per year. "Introduce new trade and satellite centres at other locations," he suggested.
Apart from this, L&T can also introduce its school adoption programme in villages near infrastructural hubs to enhance the quality of education for the children of workers, said Patnaik.
Keeping these factors into consideration, L&T may consider expanding its presence in the state and also enter new verticals of business to gain from Odisha's ever-growing industry landscape, Patnaik said.
(With PTI inputs)