Odisha state government has initiated the task of preparing the master plan for developing a port based manufacturing zone at Dhamra. The cost of developing infrastructure for the proposed zone is pegged at Rs.3,100 crore. Of this, the Government of India is set to contribute Rs.1,844 crore while the balance Rs.1,256 crore will be borne by the state government The zone is planned on 7,500 acres of land. ‘The master plan is being prepared by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). It is expected to be ready in three months,’ said a government official. The pilot project has been approved by the Department of Economic Affairs as a port-based manufacturing zone under PPP (public private partnership) for Regional Integrated Development of Enterprises.