Talcher plant: Patnaik seeks PM’s intervention

Seeking PM`s intervention for quick revival of Talcher plant, Naveen Patnaik said "it would go a long way in addressing chronic shortage of urea".

Bhubaneswar: Seeking the prime minister`s
intervention for quick revival of closed Talcher plant of the
Fertiliser Corporation of India Ltd (FCIL), Odisha Chief
Minister Naveen Patnaik on Wednesday said "it would go a long way in
addressing chronic shortage of urea in the state".

"This important matter has remained pending for a long
time. Keeping in view the importance of this national asset
(FCIL), I would request you to take immediate steps for its
revival," Patnaik said in a letter to Manmohan Singh.

Production of Urea and Ammonia has been suspended
in the plant from April 1, 1999 due to non viability for
economic operations, according to the FCIL.

Stating that the state government has agreed to
provide all support for the revival of Talcher plant, he said
"Odisha accords the highest priority to agriculture and as
part of that, we would like to ensure timely and adequate
supply of fertilisers to farmers."

The state, he said, "is experiencing urea shortage
frequently and the demand supply gap for urea has widened over
the years. There is no urea plant in the Eastern region and
the revival of Talcher plant would go a long way in addressing
the chronic shortage," the chief minister said.

This step would provide employment and contribute to
the overall growth and development of the Eastern region,
Patnaik said in the letter, released by his office.

Further, this plant can build synergy with the
Petroleum, Chemicals and Petrochemical Investment Region
(PCPIR) which the government of Odisha is developing with the
support of the central government, Patnaik said.