Bhubaneswar: Seven industrial clusters ranging from auto-components to food processing would come up in Odisha. While the state government accorded its approval for three clusters with an investment of Rs 36.78 crore, it has line up another four in MSME sector.

A Dry Fish Cluster at Paradeep, Rice Mill Cluster at Balasore and a Coir Cluster at Teispur in Puri will come up soon.The State Level Project Steering Committee (SLPSC) headed by MSME additional chief secretary L.N. Gupta has accorded its approval for the three clusters.

The Rs 9.55 crore Dry Fish Cluster at Paradeep will have a Central fund component of Rs 6.5 crore. The cluster, which comprises of 424 micro enterprises with SPV having 24 members, is aimed at using GMP, by products and waste for further value addition.  Similarly, the Rs 12.31 crore Coir Cluster proposed at
Teispur, Puri comprises of 49 micro and 6 small enterprises. The cluster once completed,
will have raw material  and product processing centre, coir pith value addition centre and
quality testing lab, which will boost the coir based industry. The Centre will chip in Rs.9.31 crore in the project. The Rs14.98 crore Rice Mill Cluster at Balasore has 21 micro/small enterprises as members
and is being set up with a view to produce rice bran oil. The Central funding for the project would be Rs 10.49 crore.

Besides, an Automobile Cluster at Bhubaneswar, Engineering Cluster and a Fly Ash Cluster at Angul,  and a Rasagola Cluster at Pahala will come up in the state. The state-owned IDCO is going to allot of suitable land for the projects.

To meet the demands of the MSME sector, the IDCO is proposing upgradation of the existing
Chandka Insutrial Estate, Bhubaneswar at a cost of Rs 10 crore and Jagatpur Industrial Estate at a cost of Rs 10 crore. It also plans to upgrade the industrial estates at Anargadia in Balasore district at a project cost of Rs.8.50 crore and at Paradeep at a project cost of Rs.10 crore.