Odishatv Bureau

Talcher: The State government on Thursday agreed to provide necessary support to the Fertiliser Corporation of India for reopening the Talcher plant, which is also expected to boost the economic condition of locals.

Talking to mediapersons after a meeting with Chief Secretary AP Padhi, CEO of the Talcher fertiliser plant JS Saini said, “The State government has assured us to approve the project through single window process,” adding the plant will be operational in February 2021.

Earlier the Union Fertiliser Ministry had asked the State to clear hurdles in land acquisition for laying down railway tracks and pipeline and take steps for waiver of the GST and stamp duty.

The chief secretary said requirements for the plant were discussed and the State has agreed to lend support.

The move has however, made the residents of seven mouzas hopeful of better economic condition after the plant becomes operational.

Nrusingha Charan Gochhayat, a local, said, “We demand Rs 50 lakh per acre compensation and a job for one family member of the displaced.”

Another local Dilip Kumar Sahu said, “During the public hearing, we demanded adequate compensation and employment for youth. We expect financial condition of residents will improve because of allied services.”

The plant has been shut by the Centre for more than 18 years now.