HPCL refinery: No clarity on launch of project
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. #