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General Information

Orissa is located between the parallels of 17°49'N and 22°34'N latitudes and meridians of 81°27'E and 87°29'E longitudes. Orissa is located on India's east coast. It is bounded by the Bay of Bengal on the east and by the states of West Bengal on the northeast, Bihar on the north, and Andhra Pradesh on the south. The state is rich in mineral resources such as coal, iron-ore and bauxite and is poised to emerge as the metals, mining, and a manufacturing hub of the country. Bhubaneshwar is the capital of Orissa.Cuttack, Rourkela, Berhampur, Baleshwar and Puri are the other important cities of the state. Orissa is an investor's choice owing to its vast natural resources, peace loving and qualified people and well developed infrastructure.

Fact File

Geographical Area 1.56 (lakh sq. km)
Coast Line 480 kms
Forest Area 58136.23 sq. kms
Normal rainfall 1451 mm
Capital Bhubaneshwar
Population (2001 Census) in lakhs 368.05
Gross state Domestic product (GSDP) at current prices in 2004-2005 (as of Feb 2006) US$ 12.4927 bn
Gross state Domestic product (GSDP) at constant price (1993-94) in 2004-2005 (as of Feb 2006) US$ 6.39106 bn
Net State Domestic Product at Current Prices (2004-05) US$ 10.8434 bn
Net State Domestic Product at Constant Prices (1993-1994) for (2004-05) US$ 5.46089 bn
Per Capita Income at current prices (2004-2005) US$ 282.511
Percentage of State Population to All India Population 3.58
Literacy Rate (2001 Census)
Principal languages Oriya, English

Advantage Orissa

  • Orissa is a resource rich state. The state is endowed with minerals such as iron ore, coal, chromite, manganese, bauxite, etc.
  • Adequate water resources
  • Comfortable power situation
  • Major sea port
  • Wide road and rail Network
  • Conducive agro-climatic conditions
  • Skilled manpower
  • Competitive labour costs
  • Responsive state administration
  • Rich biodiversity with flora and fauna, marine life forms
  • Rich forest wealth and medicinal herbs

Economic Infrastructure


Present power scenario

Power Generating Capacity of the State

Hydro Power: 1918.875 MW
Thermal Power: 880.00 MW
CPPs Sources: 1663.148 MW
Total: 4462.023 MW

Administrative control of power sector in Orissa is under

The Energy Department has three Public Sector Undertakings

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