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PM to launch coal mine project in Assam

The Rs 30 billion coalmine project in Assam will supply raw materials for generating additional power in the region.

india Updated: Jan 17, 2006 22:56 IST

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is formally expected to launch a Rs 30 billion coalmine project in Assam on Tuesday.

The project will supply raw materials for generating additional power in the region.

Singh arrived in Guwahati on a two-day Assam visit on Monday and will kick off the coalmine project in Ledo in Assam's Tinsukia district.

"The coalmine project would generate over 3,000 jobs directly and 6,000 jobs indirectly. The project would remove to a large extent the power shortage in Assam and lay the foundation for rapid industrialisation of the state," the Prime Minister said in Guwahati on Monday.

Earlier, Singh laid the foundation stone of a Rs 30 billion 500 MW thermal power plant at Salakati in western Assam.

"The combined investment of Rs 60 billion (Rs 30 billion for the coalmine project and an equal amount for the thermal power plant) is the single largest investment in the state of Assam. These projects are going to be historic landmarks in the progress of the state," the prime minister said.

He also said a gas cracker project would be set up in the state soon. "The gas cracker project would be considered with sympathy and with the benefit of the state in mind," Singh said.

The Prime Minister, before leaving for Ledo, is to inaugurate a crafts village at a symbolic function in Guwahati. He leaves for New Delhi later in the evening from Dibrugarh.

First Published: Jan 17, 2006 10:13 IST