HPCL re­fin­ery: No clar­ity on launch of project

Hindustan Times ST (Jaipur) - - Front Page - Mukesh Mathrani htraj@hindustantimes.com

There is no clar­ity when the work on a pro­posed re­fin­ery in Barmer district will com­mence de­spite the Ra­jasthan govern­ment di­rect­ing its of­fi­cials to fast track the project.

Chief sec­re­tary OP Meena chaired a meet­ing of task force on re­fin­ery project in Jaipur on Thurs­day to re­view the progress made on the project.

No­tably, the state’s BJP govern­ment inked a fresh MoU with oil ma­jor HPCL in April for the project af­ter a de­lay of three years.

Af­ter sign­ing the MoU, the Va­sund­hara Raje govern­ment had claimed that work will be started from Oc­to­ber and the project will be com­pleted in four years.

A source, who at­tended the meet­ing on Thurs­day, ex­pressed his ap­pre­hen­sion that the work on the project would start in Oc­to­ber.

The source said it was an ini­tial-level meet­ing and only points re­lated to prepara­tory phase prepa­ra­tion were dis­cussed.

There was no dis­cus­sion on points like when the foun­da­tion stone cer­e­mony will take place or till when the work would be started, the source said.

Sources said of­fi­cials of the rev­enue de­part­ment were di­rected to re­lease the lease deed of 4,800 acre land for the oil re­fin­ery lo­cated near the pro­posed re­fin­ery site in Samb­hara vil­lage in Pach­padra, which was ear­lier marked for it.

Apart from this of­fi­cial were di­rected to plan in­fras­truc­tural fa­cil­i­ties like road, elec­tric­ity, wa­ter and var­i­ous oth­ers. They were also di­rected to get re­quired per­mis­sion for the re­fin­ery.

Of­fi­cials from HPCL and var­i­ous state govern­ment depart­ments took part in the meet­ing.

The meet­ing also dis­cussed var­i­ous points re­lated to pro­posed re­fin­ery and af­ter the meet­ing re­lated de­part­ment were di­rected to fast track the process in get­ting re­quired per­mis­sion for the oil re­fin­ery.

Apart from of­fi­cials of HPCL, pol­lu­tion con­trol board, fi­nance de­part­ment, en­ergy de­part­ment, petroleum de­part­ment, rev­enue de­part­ment, pub­lic works de­part­ment, wa­ter works de­part­ment took part in the meet­ing.

Such draw­ing board ex­er­cise was also there dur­ing the pre­vi­ous Congress govern­ment which had laid the foun­da­tion stone for the oil re­fin­ery in Septem­ber 2012 with claims that they have com­pleted all the for­mal­i­ties and re­quire­ments for the project and within four years pe­riod project works will be com­pleted.

About a week ago, a team from HPLC have vis­ited re­fin­ery site and took stock of the sit­u­a­tion.

Manoj Gu­jar, a lo­cal res­i­dent, said peo­ple were doubt­ing on the claims be­cause such draw­ing board ex­er­cise was there in the pre­vi­ous regime.

He said ear­lier of­fi­cial also have vis­ited the site in sim­i­lar na­ture and claimed to plan in­fras­truc­tural fa­cil­i­ties for the re­fin­ery.

Congress district vice-pres­i­dent Yagyadutt Joshi al­leged that the BJP govern­ment does not want to es­tab­lish the re­fin­ery.

He al­leged that it had ear­lier in­ten­tion­ally de­layed the project and now they were wast­ing the time in draw­ing board ex­er­cises which were al­ready taken up dur­ing the Congress regime.

There was in­di­ca­tion that the foun­da­tion stone cer­e­mony will also take place in Septem­ber and Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi is likely to launch the project. #

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