Pradhan seeks Odisha CM’s cooperation for proposed SPR at Chandikhol

Bhubaneswar: The Centre has sought cooperation and support of Odisha government for executing the 4 million metric tonne (MMT) capacity Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR) facility at Chandikhol in Jajpur district.

In a letter to chief minister Naveen Patnaik, Petroleum minister Dharmendra Pradhan urged him to facilitate single window clearance for the SPR project, land acquisition, permission to source water and power, permission of State Directorate of Mines and Geology and environment and pollution board clearance.

He also urged the chief minister to stop quarrying activities in the vicinity of the place where project is proposed to be set up.

The union minister also requested the CM to send a team of experts from the State to Magaluru and Padur SPR in Karnataka to observe the kind of facilities that are proposed to be set up in Chandikhol.

About 600 acres of land have been identified at Chandikhol after a survey of geological structure. As per the plan, 400 acres are required for the SPR project and 200 acres for reworking of excavated rock debris, Pradhan stated.

The project will create employment of 4000 man days for five year construction period. It will also promote development of ancillary industries, travel and hospitality services. The excavated rocks can also contribute to the construction sector and development of ports and highways and will fetch royalty earnings, the union minister said.

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