By Our Correspondent
MUMBAI/BHUBANESWAR: Union Minster of State(I/C) Petroleum & Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan receivedChief Secretary of Odisha Aditya Padhi in Mumbai on the margins of Make in India Conference cum Exhibition. Minister was accompanied by Petroleum Secretary, senior officers of the Ministry and CMDs of HPCL,BPCL and senior officers of IOC. Chief Secretary was accompanied by Development Commissioner cum Finance Secretary,Industry Secretary,MD IDCO and Commissioner Commercial Tax.
The two sides discussed on a roadmap to develop downstream petrochemical industry in and around Paradip which will be supported by the 15 MMTPA Paradip refinery. It was agreed that Indian Oil Corporation should adhere to the timelines for development of Polypropylene Plant and other projects which are at various stage of implementation.Chief Secretary assured all support from Government if Odisha for the projects.
BPCL and HPCLrequested the State Government for land in Koraput for a LPG plant on Common User Facility(CUF) basis.Representatives of Government of Odisha agreed to consider this favourably on priority basis.
Because of Presence of Irrigated land at Maneswar, 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 Govt. of Odisha
Minister Petroleum requested the State Government for allocation of land for early commencement of Hydrocarbon Skill Development Institute in Bhubaneswar, Odisha. State Government representatives agreed for early action on this.