PM Modi Inaugurates Rs 68,000 Crore Projects in Odisha, Boosting Infrastructure and Education

On Saturday (February 3, 2024), Prime Minister Narendra Modi embarked on a momentous occasion in Odisha, inaugurating and laying the foundation stones for a slew of projects collectively valued at over Rs 68,000 crore. The significance of this event was underscored by the diverse range of initiatives, covering crucial sectors such as power, roads, railways, and education.

After unveiling 18 projects in the state, the prime minister said, “These projects will benefit the youth of Odisha and will create employment opportunities. The Centre is supporting Odisha in every sector.”

The development works, which are either being inaugurated or for which the foundation stones are being laid, will give a significant boost to the state’s progress, he said during the function.

“Today is a significant occasion for the development journey of Odisha as development projects worth nearly Rs 70,000 crore are launched,” Modi said.

Speaking after inaugurating the IIM, Sambalpur campus, he said when an institution like this gets a modern campus, it leads to several benefits.

“Students from all over India will come here to study. It will also improve the local economy and make Sambalpur a hub for learning,” Modi said

The PM also claimed that the eastern state has greatly benefited from the policies made by the central government in the last 10 years.

He asserted that the goal of “a Viksit Bharat can only be achieved if all the states are developed”.

The prime minister flagged off the Puri-Sonepur-Puri weekly express, which will improve connectivity in the region, and dedicated the Jharsuguda Head Post Office Heritage Building to the nation.

He also inaugurated the 412-km Dhamra-Angul pipeline section of the Jagdishpur-Haldia and Bokaro-Dhamra pipeline project (JHBDPL).

Built at a cost of around Rs 2,450 crore under the ‘Pradhan Mantri Urja Ganga’, the project will connect Odisha with the national gas grid.

Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, Governor Raghubar Das and Union ministers Dharmendra Pradhan, Bishweswar Tudu and Ashwini Vaishnaw were present at the function.

The PM also laid the foundation stone for the 692-km Nagpur Jharsuguda natural gas pipeline section of the Mumbai-Nagpur-Jharsuguda pipeline project.

This project will be developed at a cost of more than Rs 2,660 crore and will improve natural gas availability in Odisha, Maharashtra and Chhattisgarh.

During the programme, Modi dedicated to the nation and laid the foundation stones for multiple power projects worth around Rs 28,980 crore.

These projects included NTPC Darlipali super thermal plant (2×800 MW) and NSPCL Rourkela PP-II expansion project (1×250 MW) in Sundargarh district.

He laid the foundation stone for NTPC Talcher thermal power project, stage-III (2×660 MW), in Angul.

These projects will ensure the supply of low-cost power to various parts of Odisha and other states.

The PM also laid the foundation stone of the Neyveli Lignite Corporation (NLC) Talabira power project worth more than Rs 27,000 crore.

Three road projects, constructed by the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) at the cost of Rs 2,110, were also inaugurated by the prime minister.

The PM dedicated to the nation and laid the foundation stones for railway projects worth about Rs 2,146 crore.

Noting that the region is known for its potential in mining, power and steel industries, Modi said new connectivity will create possibilities for new industries in the entire region, thereby creating thousands of new employment opportunities.

He dedicated to the nation the 168-km Sambalpur-Talcher doubling railway line and Jhartarbha to Sonepur new tracks covering 21.7 km, enhancing the rail network capacity in the region, and a 50-km-long second track of Jharsuguda-Barpali-Sardega rail line phase-1 built by Mahanadi Coalfields Ltd, with an investment of Rs 878 crore.

Pointing out that the earlier policy in which benefits of mineral production were not available in those areas and states where mining took place, the prime minister asserted that the issue was addressed with the formation of the District Mineral Foundation which ensured investments in the development of the same area from income received through mining.

“Odisha has so far received more than Rs 25,000 crore and the money is being used for the welfare of the people in the area where mining is taking place,” he said.

The prime minister also assured the people of Odisha that the central government will continue to work for the development of the state at the same pace.

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Deeper Dive into PM Modi’s Rs 68,000 Crore Projects in Odisha


  • IIM Sambalpur: The 400-crore permanent campus will attract students from across India, boosting the local economy and making Sambalpur a hub for learning.


  • Dhamra-Angul Pipeline: This 412-km section connects Odisha to the national gas grid, improving energy security and availability.
  • Nagpur Jharsuguda Pipeline: This 692-km pipeline will enhance natural gas access in Odisha, Maharashtra, and Chhattisgarh.
  • NTPC Darlipali & NSPCL Rourkela PP-II Expansion: These projects add 1,050 MW capacity, ensuring low-cost power supply.
  • NTPC Talcher Thermal Power Project: This 1,320 MW project further strengthens Odisha’s power generation capacity.
  • NLC Talabira Power Project: This 27,000-crore project promises significant power generation and economic benefits.


  • National Highway Projects: Three NHAI projects worth Rs 2,110 crore improve road connectivity within and beyond Odisha.
  • Railway Projects:
    • Sambalpur-Talcher Doubling & Jhartarbha-Sonepur New Tracks: Enhance rail network capacity and connectivity.
    • Jharsuguda-Barpali-Sardega Second Track: Facilitates smoother freight movement.
  • District Mineral Foundation: This initiative ensures mining revenue benefits the areas where mining takes place, investing in local development.


  • Job Creation: These projects are expected to generate thousands of jobs, both during construction and operation.
  • Economic Growth: Improved infrastructure, education, and energy access will stimulate economic activity across various sectors.
  • Connectivity: Enhanced transportation networks will facilitate trade, travel, and logistics within and beyond Odisha.

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