In 1980s Orissa got world attention for the major drought which killed thousands of children due to starvation. In 1999 again it got attention for the cyclone and flood. It has always been one of the poor states of India and always hit by droughts, floods and cyclone. Mother nature has always been harsh on this state. But it has also given the state the hidden underground treasure- "Minerals" which includes - iron ore (32.9 per cent of the country's reserves), bauxite (59.95 per cent), chromite (98.4 per cent), coal (24.8 per cent) and manganese (67.6 per cent). So today 2006 , its in news for the highest FDI investment in India. A total amout of nearly Rs 4 Trillion. Thats huge!!!! And all because of this treasure- Minerals- Orissa's Passport to Development.
Other than minerals, it is a big player in power generation. It planning the biggest powerplant of the world in Talcher. It has surplus power to support even its neighbouring states.
IT, Bhubaneswar is the 9th biggest IT destination in India. But its soon heading for the 4th position, with all the big companies having a base. Infosys, TCS, Wipro, Satyam, Igate, Mindtree, Iflex , Oracle .. all having Bhubaneswar in their recent plans. Its sure to give a major change to the only other city in India(other being Chandigarh) planned by the famous German architect - Otto. H. Koenigsbarger.
Orissa is also full of natural beauty. Bhubaneswar itself , City of Temples is a beautiful city, with many tourist spots, Udaygiri, Khandagri, Dhaulgiri, Lingaraj Temple, Nandankanan zoo, Iskon temple , Raja rani temple and many more. Who does not know about Puri- Jagannath temple of the the 4 holy sites of Hindu religion. It has a beautiful beach for its tourists too. Other sites like Sun Temple Konark, Chandrabagha beach, Chilka lake, Tara tarani, and many more sites make Orissa a must visit tourist destination.
It has one of the biggest port in the eastern coast of India- Paradeep. The hotel industry is also bubbling and so is the education institutes. Bhubaneswar is also becoming a major Micro/Nano Biology hub.
Time is surely changing for Orissa, but its just the start. How long will it last. The bubble was once there in 1995 too, but it was not a success because of the local politics. Well then will Orissa be lucky the second time?? Time will answer.. and I hope for the best....
Bande Utkala Janani...