BHUBANESWAR: Even as the State Government boycotted the foundation stone laying ceremony of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) terminal at Dhamra Port in Bhadark district on Saturday, Chief Secretary AP Padhi has congratulated Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IOCL) Chairman Sanjiv Singh for the venture.
In a letter to the IOCL Chairman on July 6, Padhi had expressed his inability to attend the programme because of his preoccupation. “While I would have loved to be a part of this historic occasion, I will be away in Puri for attending a conference hosted jointly by our Government and the International Finance Corporation (IFC) for which I had given my consent three weeks back. Therefore, I will not be able to go to Dhamra,” Padhi said.
Congratulating Singh and the IOCL team for the Dhamra venture, Padhi said, “I am sure the 5 MMTPA LNG terminal being developed in PPP mode by the consortium of IOCL, GAIL and Adani Group will usher in an era of “eco-friendly fuel” to power the nation with spin off benefits for Odisha and the eastern region,” the letter stated.
Accusing the ruling BJD of becoming a hurdle in the economic progress of the State, BJP vice-president Samir Mohanty said the last minute decision of the Chief Minister to stay away from the programme has sent a wrong signal to investors.
Taking exception to Padhi’s letter, Agriculture Minister Damodar Rout said the Chief Secretary, being the highest raking officer of the State Government, has crossed the lines by dealing directly on an issue which was the prerogative of the Government.