As a Company that is known to respond to the aspirations of its communities with utmost concern, the expectations of the people of Odisha became a prime mover for Tata Steel to leverage the new opportunities for development and contribute to the efforts being made by the State.
In order to be able to capitalise on the prospects created by the infrastructure boom it was imperative to produce steel at globally competitive prices. This meant deployment of the most modern technology in addition to finding a strategic location for the manufacturing works in close proximity to the ore producing areas. Therefore, setting up a new production facility in Odisha, that would utilise its rich mineral resources to bring about industrial, social and economic development for its own people seemed to be not only a good decision but also an inevitable one.
According to the MOU signed between the Government of Odisha and Tata Steel on 17th November 2004 the Government agreed to provide 3471.808 acres of land at Kalinganagar, acquired in 1992, through IDCO (Orissa Industrial Development Corporation) to Tata Steel for setting up a 6 mtpa integrated steel plant. In fact, other companies like Nilachal Ispat Nigam Ltd., Jindal Stainless Steel Limited, VISA Steel Ltd., KJ Industries, Maithon Alloys Ltd. already had their projects in the pipeline when Tata Steel made an entry into the industrial complex.
Tata Steel is sensitive to the needs of the people here and offers Resettlement & Rehabilitation programmes that take care of the expectations and aspirations of the impacted families in this area. The commitment to consistently strive and improve the quality of life of relocated families has led to the creation of the 'Tata Steel Parivar' programme that aims to go beyond the provisions of the Kalinganagar R&R Policy, giving new life and new hope to its members.
Till date, 993 families out of 1,234 extended families have relocated voluntarily in support of the project and others too have begun to be motivated by the huge improvement in living conditions and economic/employment benefits that have ensued for Tata Steel Parivar members.