Prime Minister Narendra Modi, during his visit to Odisha, his second in a span of less than a fortnight, set in motion an array of projects valued at Rs 4500 crore.
Modi addressed a massive rally at Baripada, the state’s northern belt, in the presence of Odisha Governor Ganeshi Lal and Union minister for Petroleum & Natural Gas and Skill Devlopment & Entrepreneurship Dharmendra Pradhan.
Modi began his address with New Year good wishes to the people of Odisha. He said this Balasore-Haldia-Durgapur section of IndianOil’s Paradip-Haldia-Durgapur LPG Pipeline will ensure uninterrupted supply of LPG cooking gas to lakhs of people of both the state Odisha and West Bengal. Along with this new job opportunities will be created with the commencement of this new pipeline project. Development of infrastructure and permanent changes in the lives of human being are the testimony of development in a state. This continuous process of development will benefit the people at a large. All round development of the Eastern India is our commitment.
Shri Dharmendra Pradhan, Union Minister of Petroleum & Natural Gas and Skill Development & Entrepreneurship delivered his welcome address at the function and extended his new year greetings to the people of Odisha and said, the august presence of Prime Minister in Baripada which is also called as the 2nd Shreekhetra of Odisha and dedication to the nation of projects worth more than Rs. 4,500 cr is a Makar gift to the people of Odisha.
It may be noted here that, the 513-km Balasore-Haldia-Durgapur section with spur lines, including storage facilities at Haldia, was completed recently while the 157-km Paradip-Balasore section was dedicated to the nation in April 2018.
The 670-km pipeline, with a project cost of Rs. 1,330 crore, will ensure uninterrupted supply of LPG cooking gas to lakhs of people in four districts each of Odisha and West Bengal. The pipeline originates from Paradip Refinery in Odisha and traverses 240-km of the state through Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapara, Bhadrak and Balasore districts, while in West Bengal, it traverses 430-km through the districts of Purbi Medinapur, Bardhwan, Hooghly and Howrah, transporting LPG to various upcountry bottling plants en route.
The throughput capacities of Paradip-Haldia and Haldia-Durgapur sections of the LPG pipeline are 1.1 million metric tonnes per annum (MMTPA) and 1.3 MMTPA, respectively. Besides IndianOil’s Paradip Refinery as the source of LPG supply at the originating station, LPG will be supplied from the import terminal of IndianOil-Petronas Private Ltd. (IPPL) located at Haldia.