State Of The Economy 2016

Left to their devices

Single-window clearance for project approvals hasn't been able to help SMEs in Cuttack

Photographs: Sandipan Chatterjee

Flanked by the Mahanadi River on one side and jutting the National Highway, the Jagatpur Industrial Estate in Cuttack occupies prime real estate. “There are 600 industries here, generating Rs.2,000 crore in turnover. We pay Rs.200 crore in taxes, Rs.4 crore for electricity, but compared to what we contribute to the exchequer, the government hasn’t done anything for us,” says Abani Kanungo, president of Orissa Industries Association (OIA) and proprietor of Kalinga Packaging.