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Barmer refinery: We believe in erecting buildings, not laying stones, says CM Raje

Vasundhara Raje said that foundation stones of projects worth more than Rs 50,000 crore launched by previous Congress government were lying scattered across state

jaipur Updated: Jan 16, 2018 22:36 IST
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje at the ‘work commencement’ function of barmer refinery in Barmer on Tuesday.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje at the ‘work commencement’ function of barmer refinery in Barmer on Tuesday.(PTI)

On a day Prime Minister Narendra Modi accused previous Congress governments of “misleading” people by announcing projects that were never implemented, Rajasthan chief minister Vasundhara Raje said that foundation stones of projects worth more than Rs 50,000 crore were lying scattered across state. She said such foundation stones were of the projects that were announced by the previous Congress government in state but have remained only on paper.

She was speaking at a function to mark the “work commencement ” of 9-MTPA refinery-cum-petrochemical project that HPCL is building in a join venture with Rajasthan government at Pachpadra in Barmer. “We don’t believe in laying foundation stones but in erecting buildings. The project commencement work has been launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and I am sure he will also inaugurate the refinery in 2022 as the prime minister,” Raje said.

Raje  said that the Congress was in the habit of launching projects without budget allocations and other approvals. She gave the example of Parwan river project and Barmer refinery project for which, she said, the Congress had claimed credit.

The CM said that a skills development centre will come up at Barmer refinery and a petrochemical stream will be introduced at Jodhpur polytechnic college to ensure that local youth benefit from the project. She said Rajasthan has increased its solar power capacity by five times in past four years and the country’s biggest solar park is coming up at Bhasra in Barmer.

The chief minister appealed to the prime minister to consider a desalination project for Barmer to ensure availability of clean water.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje at a public rally in Barmer. (PTI)

Raje said the BS VI refinery will be technologically advanced to handle all types of crude oil. She said her government has saved Rs 40,000 crore in interest-free loans after reworking the agreement.

Earlier, Union minister Dharmendra Pradhan said a number of ancillary units will come up and there are plans to invest Rs 1 lakh crore in the region in next five years. He said a range of byproducts will be manufactured that will boost textile and plastic industry in the region.

There are seven valuable mineral resources out of which five are available in Barmer, he said.

Union ministers, state ministers, senior officials were present at the event.