Report by OD bureau, Bhubaneswar: In another step towards expediting the up coming of Oil Refinery Project at Paradeep, Chief Secretary Bijay Kumar Patnaik has reviewed its progress and taken stock of the situation in a high level meeting held in secretariat conference hall today.
Discussions in the meeting reveal that Paradeep Refinery Project ( PPP ) is one of the largest refinery investment of IOC in the country. The project has been worded as ‘Sunrise project with Sunshine Future’. Available data reveals that the project was approved for Rs. 29,777 Cr. in the year 2009. Till now Rs.17,280 cr. has been utilized which is around 57% of the approved cost. The date of completion of various units has been scheduled from June, 2013 and the time for commissioning of different units has been scheduled from September, 2013.
The issues relating to carrying on regular filed level operations, laying of water line from Cuttack city to Paradeep, raising of 220 KV transmission line from Paradeepgarh to the Refinery, extension of sanction for supply of water from Mahanadi, forest clearance for raising of sea surge protection wall , construction of coastal road etc. were discussed in the meeting. The progress of the work regarding construction of Paradeep-Raipur-Ranchi Pipeline Project also figured in the meeting. It may be of worth mention that out of total 1065 Km of this pipe line about 657 Km runs through Odisha encountering around 51 Kms of forest land. Chief Secretary has asked the concerned departments to expedite these works.
Implementation of projects under corporate social responsibility came up in the meeting. Chief Secretary has advised the IOC authorities to expedite implementation of these projects to win the confidence of people and for better image building of IOC. It has been decided that the company will take up CSR works in Cuttack city. Chief Secretary Sri Patnaik has advised RDC Central Dr. Arabinda Padhee to propose the projects in consultation with people and peoples’ representatives. Collector Khurda has also been asked to settle the matters with local community and help in process of laying of pipe lines. Available data shows the company has taken up some welfare oriented works like construction of cyclone relief center at Rangiagarh, construction of roads toilets anganwadi centers and vocational training centers. IOC presented that they have invested Rs 154 lakh in the year 2011-12, Rs 90 lakh in 2010-11 and Rs 25 lakh in the year 2009-10 towards theses works. Chief Secretary has asked them to take up need based projects in consultation with local administration and peoples representatives in organized way so that CSR projects have visibility in the area. Sri Patnaik has also advised them to confirm to norms passed by State Cabinet in the matters of employment.
It is worth mention that IOC is the anchor investor in Paradeep Petro-Chemical Investment Region for which IDCO is the nodal agency. IOC authorities have been requested to expedite bringing in of the project. They have been requested to provide time line for grounding of the project and signing MOU with IDCO.
CMD IDCO Sri Pradeep Kumar Jena, Pr Secretary Home Sri U.N.Behera, Pr. Secretary Revenue & Disaster Management Sri Taradatt, Secretary Forest & Environment Sri R.K.Sharma, Secretary Labour Ms. CTM Suguna, RDC Central Dr. Arabinda Padhee, CMD GRDCO Sri D.K.Singh, Collector Khordha Smt. Roopa Mishra, a team of 6 senior officers from IOC and other senior officials participated in deliberations.