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Dalmia Bharat strengthens its association with Odisha



           Reaffirming its commitment to the state of Odisha, Dalmia Bharat Ltd. (DBL) on Thursday announced to create 1 lakh sustainable livelihood by 2030 with the ethos that industrial and social development must move hand-in-hand.

Speaking at the ongoing Make In Odisha-2022 Conclave here, Dalmia Bharat Ltd. Managing Director Puneet Dalmia said, “The Dalmia Bharat Group considers Odisha as a preferred investment destination and a model of public-private partnership, and we have been further strengthening this relationship in the recent years. Our association with the state goes back to 1949 with the construction of the iconic Hirkaud Dam followed by the Rourkela Steel Plant, Tata Steel Plant in Kalinganagar, Dhamra Port and India Oil Refinery in Paradip. We are thankful to the Odisha Government for giving us the opportunity to play an active role in the state’s progress story.”

 “Our vision is that business should manifest not just through economic transformation but also should be socially and environmentally sustainable.  People, Progress and Preservation is the future way of doing business and Dalmia Bharat is doing it today,” he added.

The deployment of DBL’s announced investment of Rs 2500 crore is on course with the setup of its Rajgangpur and Cuttack units as key milestones. As the largest cement manufacturer in Odisha with a capacity of 8.3 million tonnes per annum, it has already created direct and indirect employment for over 20,000 people, said Dalmia.

Dalmia further said that DBL has looked at supporting sports and fitness with a special focus on badminton. It is creating world class infrastructure with India’s first High Performance Centre for badminton – Dalmia Bharat Gopichand Odisha Badminton Academy at the Kalinga Stadium which will be equipped to host world class tournaments and develop the next generation of Indian players. Dalmia’s commitment to sports has been across the horizon from renovating playgrounds at Rumabahal and Katang village to partnering the state for the first ever International Badminton event – Odisha Open 2022.

Year 2022 has been an exciting year for DBL. It has reached a capacity of 21.7 MW of solar energy and 22 MW of energy generated through Waste Heat Recovery System (WHRS) to supply green energy to its plants in Odisha. The expansion of renewable power is also in line with the vision of the company to use 100% renewable energy by 2030. Spearheading the industry’s transition towards a circular economy, the company launched its e-Truck initiative and introduced a new fleet at its Rajgangpur plant for transportation of slag from Rourkela Steel Plant. This will add to cutting emissions and deploying environment friendly transportation.

Peripheral development activities for the youth has remained a major focus for DBL. It has launched several initiatives under DIKSHa Skill Training Centres. From Project Hastakala to mushroom cultivation; tailoring and beauty & wellness training centres to Health Assistant and Sales Assistant training courses – DBL is continually identifying geo-specific need-gaps and working at customized programmes to effectively address unemployment issues and helping improve the financial status of youth and their families.

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