Balakati Brass Industries (Odisha)
Balakati (or Balakote), located at about 20 kilometers from Bhubaneswar city, hosts a cluster of micro-scale brass units. These are essentially artisan-based cottage industries that have been making hand-crafted brass articles for over a century, employing traditional technologies. There are close to 100 units in the cluster; however these units are operated intermittently based on market demands. On an average, 10-15 units are operating in the cluster on a continuous basis and each unit undertakes melting for about 50 days in a year; other associated operations such as shaping & forming and finishing are undertaken subsequently. The estimated annual turnover of the cluster is Rs 9.8 crore. The Balakati brass cluster provides direct employment to about 1000 people.
Brass plates (small and medium), cups (small and medium), temple bells and other handicraft brass products
Number of MSMEs
Coal; charcoal; electricity
Production & turnover
141 tpa; Rs 9.8 crores (98 million)
Total energy consumption (toe)
Leading industry association(s)
- Balakati Kansa Pital Hastasilpa Unnayana Sanga
Energy efficiency initiatives
- TERI-SDC Partnership: Scaling up Energy Efficient Technologies in Small Enterprises (EESE) http://www.sameeeksha.org/index.php?option=com_projects&task=level&title=EESE&id=41
- MSME Development Institute (MSME-DI), Cuttack http://www.msmedicuttack.gov.in/
Source: Data pertains to 2015-16, collected primarily under the TERI-SDC EESE project.