Jaipur: Chief minister Ashok Gehlot said that the refinery project under construction at Pachpadra in Barmer is a game changer for the entire state and especially the western region. Despite the adverse circumstances of Covid, the state government is committed to complete the project as soon as possible. He directed the officials to go ahead and cooperate with the project partner company Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Ltd (HPCL) at all levels to expedite the construction work of the project.
Gehlot was reviewing the construction works of the HPCL Rajasthan Refinery Limited (HRRL) project on Monday. He said that the corona pandemic might have some adverse impact on the operations of this ambitious project, but HPCL officials should increase resources and give it momentum.
The CM directed the officers to resolve pending issues and matters at department level by coordinating with project officials at the earliest. He said that Covid protocol shold be fully followed at construction sites and that any workers found to be infected should get immediate medical attention.
Revenue minister Harish Chaudhary asked the HPCL officials to prepare a plan for intensive plantation at the project site. At the same time, under Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), it was suggested to plan and implement development works as per local requirement.
Chief secretary Niranjan Arya said that allotment of land to HRRL for school and hospital in refinery area, water from Indira Gandhi Canal, declaring refinery area as ‘prohibited area’, road connectivity to nearby villages and township in Jodhpur and all the procedures related to the requirements of allocation of appropriate land, skill training center etc. will be completed as soon as possible.
MK Surana, HPCL CMD said that in this project of Rs 43,129 crore, till March 31 this year, orders worth Rs 37,124 crore have been issued and till now Rs 7,100 crore have been spent on various works related to refinery. Despite adverse conditions due to Covid, construction activities are being given constant momentum. In the last five months, work orders worth Rs 15,000 crore have been issued and during this period, works worth about Rs 2,500 crore have been done. He said of the total 13 units of the refinery and petrochemicals project, construction work is going on at a fast pace. Around 8,000 workers are continuously working at various sites.