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PM to launch refinery work in Barmer

Modi to launch the ’project commencement work’ of HPCL refinery-cum-petrochemical complex at Pachpadra in Barmer district on Tuesday

jaipur Updated: Jan 15, 2018 22:11 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Jaipur
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CM Vasundhara Raje reviews the preparations on the eve of PM Narendra Modi's Pachpadra visit, in Barmer on Monday.(HT Photo)

The stage is set for Prime Minister Narendra Modi to launch the “project commencement work” of HPCL refinery-cum-petrochemical complex at Pachpadra in Barmer district on Tuesday.

“The Prime Minister will land at Uttarlai Air Force station in Barmer at 11.40 am after leaving from Delhi at 10.10 am. At 11.45am, he will fly by helicopter to Pachpadra and reach there at 12.20 pm. He will inaugurate an exhibition and also address the gathering along with other dignitaries,” said an official familiar with the schedule. “The Prime Minister will leave Pachpadra at 2.20 pm and reach Uttarlai at 2.25 pm from where he will fly to Delhi.”

Rajasthan Governor Kalyan Singh, chief minister Vasundhara Raje, union petroleum minister Dharmendra Pradhan, union irrigation minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, and union sports and youth welfare minister Rajyavardhan Rathore will be present among others.

Pradhan reached Pachpadra on Sunday and took stock of preparations for the event. Barmer district administration officials, and state petroleum department and HPCL officials apprised Pradhan about the preparations.

Security has been tightened in not only Pachpadra but also in the border areas by the BSF. The state DGP and IG, intelligence, along with SPG have been overseeing the security for the past few days. Barmer collector Nakate Shivprasad Madan could not be contacted for comment.

The opposition Congress is up in arms as the Vasundhara Raje government cancelled an earlier MoU signed by the Gehlot government with HPCL in 2013. The then Congress president Sonia Gandhi had laid the foundation stone at the same location in Pachpadra in September 2013.

Former chief minister Ashok Gehlot alleged that the delay was deliberate as the BJP wanted to extract political mileage ahead of the assembly elections likely in December this year, a charge that state BJP president Ashok Parnami has denied.

Meanwhile, Vedanta’s Cairn Oil and Gas, operating India’s largest onshore oil block in Rajasthan, is planning to invest Rs 37,000 crore to ramp up the crude production from prolific oil fields of Barmer, an official release stated.

On Sunday, Pradhan inaugurated the enhanced oil recovery (EOR) program for Mangala-Bhagyam-Aishwarya (MBA) fields. The program will help in achieving the production target of 5 lakh barrels oil per day (bopd) from the Rajasthan assets.

Production will go up to 3 lakh boepd (barrel of oil equivalent per day) based on the capital investment plan of Rs 12,000 crore already initiated. The production will further go up to 5 lakh boepd with full investment plan of over Rs 37,000 crore over next few years, the release stated.

First Published: Jan 15, 2018 22:11 IST