Tata Consumer Products (TCP) has recently inaugurated its new tea-packaging plant located in Gopalpur Industrial Park of Tata Steel Special Economic Zone (TSSEZ), post successful trial production. The Chief Minister of Odisha, Naveen Patnaik inaugurated the new plant.
The Gopalpur plant will be operated by Amalgamated Plantations Private Limited (APPL), an associate company of Tata Consumer Products.
APPL currently operates 3 tea packing factories, with 2 in Assam and 1 in West Bengal. Gopalpur plant is the first TCP plant to pack both leaf & dust tea, providing higher flexibility to the operations network.
The total value of the project is Rs 100 crore with investment on infrastructure by TSSEZ and machinery investment by TCP. It is the largest tea packing plant for TCP products, producing around 60 million kg per annum by 2024-25.
The project will generate direct and indirect employment for 250 people in the 1st year and 700 people by 2024-25. The State-of-the-art packing machinery will be equipped with IoT capabilities for enhanced operational efficiency.
The team was able to complete the project and commence operation within the planned timelines despite the disruptions due to the pandemic. Several departments and agencies were instrumental in making the project happen amidst the challenging situation, including, the Department of Industries, Government of Odisha; Odisha Industrial Infrastructure Development Corporation (IDCO); IPICOL, especially its facilitation for efficient single window clearances; the District Administration of Ganjam; Department of Factories & Boilers, Odisha State Electricity Board, Fire & Rescue, FSSAI, etc.