CM urges PM for Talcher plant revival

Bhubaneswar: Seeking the prime minister`s intervention for quick revival of closed Talcher plant of the Fertiliser Corporation of India Ltd (FCIL), 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 vailability 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.