Bolangir: The State will get its fifth LPG bottling plant in a couple of years, the foundation stone of which was laid by Union Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan and Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment Thawar Chand Gehlot at Barkhani in Bolangir district today.
The place was chosen for setting up of the plant due to its logistics advantages. Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (BPCL) will set up the plant.
Laying the stone, Pradhan said plant will be spread over 23 acres for which Rs 103 crore will be spent. The plant can produce 42 lakh cylinders per year. It is expected to be operational by March 2020, he added.
Once it gets operational, it will carter to the needs of 14 districts including Bolangir, Jharsuguda, Sambalpur, Bargarh, Kalahandi, Sonepur, Koraput, Malkangiri, Nabarangpur, Boudh, Kandhamal, Rayagada, Sundergarh, and Nuapada. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is committed to ensure cooking gas availability for every household, Pradhan maintained.
Keeping in view the consumers’ growing requirement, two more plants will be set up, one each at Bhubaneswar and Rayagada.
As many as 4.06 crore cylinders can be produced from Odisha per annum once all seven plants get functional.
Odisha has four LPG bottling plants, one each at Balasore, Jharsuguda, Khurda and Jatni.