BHUBANESWAR: The Centre has agreed for refuelling facility for helicopters of Border Security Force (BSF) and State Government in Koraput which is a left wing extremism (LWE) affected district.
The State Government raised the issue during a meeting between Minister of State for Petroleum and Natural Gas (PNG) Dharmendra Pradhan and Chief Secretary AP Padhi in Mumbai at the Make In India conference. The Union Minister assured the State Government representatives that the issue will be taken up by him on a priority basis.
The two sides discussed a roadmap to develop downstream petrochemical industries in and around Paradip which will be supported by the 15 MMTPA Paradip refinery. It was agreed that Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IOCL) will adhere to the timelines for development of polypropylene plant and other projects which are at various stages of implementation.
The Chief Secretary assured all support from State Government for the projects. Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (BPCL) and Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited (HPCL) requested the State Government for land in Koraput for an LPG plant on Common User Facility (CUF) basis. Representatives of the State Government agreed to consider this favourably on priority basis.
It was advised and jointly agreed in the meeting to develop a new location by BPCL and HPCL in and around Sambalpur in a non-irrigated land with feasibility of Railway siding as a replacement of CUF Maneswar with assistance from State Government.
The Minister requested the State Government for allocation of land for early commencement of Hydrocarbon Skill Development Institute in Bhubaneswar.