Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Sep 5:
Petrol, diesel and LPG network in Odisha will be expanded to bring it at par with the national average, said Union Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Dharmendra Pradhan here today.
Briefing newsmen here Pradhan said while the the LPG consumer base in Odisha presently stood at 28 percent of the total households, it will be increased to 33 percent this year and 50 percent in next three years.
The national average of the LPG consumer base is 60 percent.
The Union Minister said this after reviewing the work of Indian Oil Corporation (IOC), Hindusthan Petroleum Corporation (HPC) and Bharat Petroleum Corporation (BPC) and their marketing networks in Odisha.
Pradhan said “Three new product pipelines would be constructed between Paradip-Ranchi, Paradip-Durgapur and Paradip –Raipur. The new pipelines will carry petroleum products to most parts of the state”.
Distribution network of LPG, petrol and diesel which is at present coastal Odisha-centric will be widened and expanded to reach out to every nook and corner of the state to take Odisha closer to the national average, the minister said.
“Existing LPG distribution centre network of 404 would be raised to 750 in next three years, new depots, product pipelines, LPG terminals and inputted LPG terminals would entail an investment over Rs 4500 crore” the Union Minister said.
Pradhan said the Berhampur LPG terminal would be modernised and new depot would come up in Bhubaneswar. More depots will be opened in south and western Odisha while Balasore depot will be modernised under the new expansion plan.
He said LPG distribution centres will be established within 15 km radius of each gram panchayat of Odisha and the new expansion plan would provide direct jobs to about 5,000 persons.
Now more than 10,000 persons are employed in various petroleum projects of the state run oil companies in Odisha, he added.
He also informed while the state has 1449 petrol pumps in the state now, 300 more petrol pumps will be added to the network over the next three years.
The current network expansion will earn additional revenue for the state government. Right now the state government is getting Rs 2500 crore revenue in the form of VAT and entry tax from the petroleum distribution network, he said.
The Union minister assured that the grievance redressal system for LPG consumers in the state would be strengthened and made more people-centric. He said a help line in Odia language would also be launched soon to benefit consumers of the state.