Bhubaneswar: A urea manufacturing unit will be set up at the premises of the now defunct fertilizer plant of the Fertilizer Corporation of India in Odisha’s Talcher.
The new plant will be completed by the mid of 2021 and the State government will extend all cooperation, informed Chief Secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi.
“Government of India is going to set up a new fertilizer manufacturing unit at the premises of the old plant of the FCI in Talcher. Central government public sector undertakings (PSUs) will set up the new plant. The new plant will produce urea,” said Padhi speaking to reporters after a high-level meeting held at the State Secretariat here today.
“The new plant will first produce ammonia using coal gasification technology from which urea will be produced as the end product. This discussed in today’s meeting. We have been informed by the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the newly constituted company that the plant will be completed by the mid of 2021,” he added.
The Chief Secretary said that issues like land acquisition, water supply, electricity supply and infrastructure figured at in today’s meeting while adding that the State government will provide all assistance to the new plant in accordance with its policy.
“Since the new plant will come up at the old site of FCI’s plant so there will be no land acquisition for the same but they will be developing a coal mine for this plant at Arakhapala which is located at a distance of eight km from the plant. For this land acquisition will be required and as many as 500 families spread over in four villages will be evicted. Their rehabilitation was discussed at the meeting,” he explained.