PM inaugurates three key petroleum projects in Bihar, state's their schemes exemplary in reaching common people
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, today, inaugurated three petroleum sector projects in Bihar. Costing more than 900 Crores according to reports, the projects include two Liquified Petroleum Gas (LPG) bottling plants in Banka and Champaran and the Durgapur-Banka section of the Paradip-Haldia-Durgapur Pipeline Augmentation Project.
Durgapur-Banka section of the Pipeline Project
The 193 km long Durgapur-Banka pipeline section, built by IndianOil, is a part of the Paradip-Haldia-Durgapur Pipeline Augmentation Project, for which the foundation stone was laid by the Prime Minister on 17th February 2019. Durgapur-Banka section is the extension of the existing 679 Km long Paradip-Haldia-Durgapur LPG pipeline to the new LPG bottling plant at Banka in Bihar.
LPG Bottling Plant at Banka, Bihar
IndianOil's LPG Bottling Plant at Banka will increase the ‘AtmaNirbharta’ of Bihar by meeting the rising demand for LPG in the state. This Bottling Plant has been built at an investment of around Rs 131.75 crore to serve the districts of Bhagalpur, Banka, Jamui, Araria, Kishanganj & Katihar in Bihar, along with the districts of Godda, Deoghar, Dumka, Sahibganj, and Pakur in Jharkhand. With the LPG storage capacity of 1800 MTs and bottling capacity of 40,000 cylinders per day, this plant would generate direct and indirect employment opportunities in the state of Bihar.
LPG Plant at Champaran(Harsidhi), Bihar
HPCL's 120 TMTPA LPG Bottling Plant has been constructed at Harsidhi in East Champaran district for Rs. 136.4 crores. This plant has been constructed on 29 acres of land and its Foundation stone was laid by the Prime Minister on 10th April 2018. The bottling plant will cater to the LPG requirement of East Champaran, West Champaran, Muzaffarpur, Siwan, Gopalganj & Sitamarhi districts in Bihar.
PM, in the virtual inauguration ceremony, lauded Bihar CM Nitish Kumar on Bihar’s development so far, and how he has garnered and catered to the youth and their talents. He added that good governance or suhaasan must be ensured in Bihar and that Nitish Kumar has a very important role to play in taking Bihar forward on the path to progress.
Saying that the projects will bring a positive change in the lives of poor people in Bihar, Union Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan on Sunday said that in the last 6 years, 400 petrol pumps became operational in Bihar while 1,200 LPG distributors opened and that this generated employment for 20,000 youth. Pradhan was also present in the virtual inauguration ceremony along with CM Nitish Kumar, and Bihar deputy CM Sushil K Modi.
PM Modi specially thanked people who delivered gas cylinders to the homes of common people, especially amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
“You can look at any sector in India - education, income tax, labour or healthcare. The contribution of Bihar in every sector is clearly visible. Bihar has assisted India in its growth,” Modi said in his address in the virtual inauguration ceremony.
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