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Odisha Treading The Path Of Progress Successfully Laid By Biju Babu: Naveen Patnaik

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05 March 2019

Mohammed Ishtiyaque

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Bhubaneswar: The idea behind 'New Odisha' was first conceived by the visionary leader Biju Patnaik who laid the foundation of industrialisation in this State. From the past two decades, Odisha has been leading from the front in terms of growth and modernisation on the path envisioned by Biju Babu, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said here on Tuesday.

Addressing a function on Biju Patnaik's birth anniversary, Naveen said, begining with establishment of Paradip port to expansion of road network in Odisha, Biju Babu was always ahead of time when it came to industrialisation.

"In 2000, there were 16,000 kilometres of roads in Odisha while today the network has expanded upto 26,000 kilometres. Gopalpur and Dhamra ports have been established and functioning," said Naveen.

In 2000, Odisha was producing 2 million tonnes of steel which has reached upto 23 million tonnes today. Similarly, the aluminium production in the State has risen from 0.35 million tonnes to 2.66 million tonnes during the past 20 years, said Naveen.

"Be it for the rights of women or workers, Biju Babu was always the harbinger for the welfare of the common man," Naveen conlcuded

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Naveen Patnaik, Chief Minister, Odisha