Jharsuguda: Orient Paper Mill, one of the oldest paper mill in the state, is likely to get a new lease of life. The Mill has been lying closed since 1999.
General Manager (HR) Jayant Srivastava said ” A meeting was held with the Government of Odisha on April 7th for reviving this Orient Paper Mill. In that meeting, it was told to submit a report regarding the current status of the plant within three months. ”
Subsequently, a 10 member team including R.C. Mall (Chief Advisor),N.K. Saha (Chief Executive Projects), I.C. Jain (Asst. Vice President), M.K. Sharma (DGM, Electrical) A.K. Khera (Manager, Mechanical), Vineet Vijay (Manager, Power Plant), Prashant Singh (Dy. Manager, Safety), R.C. Panda (Head, Electrical), G. Padhee (Factory Manager) had recently visited the plant to assess the current status.
Orient Paper Mill, which was setup in the year 1936 and its production started in the year 1939, it was the only Industry of Jharsuguda. The plant was producing around over 200 tonnes of Paper per day of various types, from its seven units. But due to some internal problem, the factory remained closed since 1999. The closure of plant had a greater impact on the development of Brajrajnagar too.
“We will very soon submit a report on this regard to the State Government. At least 50 tonnes per day can be manufactured from Machine No.5 and No.6 Units with around 100 employment opportunity. However, we cannot give the time frame right now, once all assessment is finished then only we can say the exact time but we are quite hopeful to start this plant once again for the benefit of the people.” said GM HR Jayant Srivastava
“From this plant was closed and till now we are in running our family in great difficulty. I will be very thankful to the State Government if they re-start this Orient Paper Mill once again.” Padmalochan Gardia, Ex-employee of OPM
“If we speak about Brajrajnagar’s history then Orient Paper Mill name was taken in pride. The closure of plant since 18 years had a huge impact on the development of Brajrajnagar. But if this Mill is re-opened, then it would bring back the lost charm of Brajrajnagar.” said Bablu Das, resident of Brajrajnagar
” I have been continuously writing several letters to State Government as well as Central Government for re-opening of this mill. At last, some steps have been taken for the re-opening and I am hopeful that this Mill will be opened very soon for the benefit of Brajrajnagar.” said Smt. Radha Rani Panda, MLA , Brajrajnagar