Bolangir:27/12/19: At a glittering ceremony, the BPCL LPG Bottling plant at Bolangir was dedicated to the nation today by Odisha Governor Prof Ganeshi Lal, in the presence of Union Minister for Petroleum & Natural Gas and Steel Dharmendra Pradhan, State Agriculture Minister Arun Kumar Sahoo, Bolangir MP Smt. Sangeeta Kumari Singh Deo, Bolangir MLA Narasingha Mishra, and dignitaries from the state and officials of Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited.
Initially, the BPCL LPG plant was proposed to be dedicated to the nation by Shri. M. Venkiah Naidu, Hon’ble Vice President of India. He had come up to Raipur but could not make it to Bolangir due to bad weather conditions today. In his audio message which was played, the Hon’ble Vice President complimented Bharat Petroleum for completing the state of the art LPG plant at Bolangir within record 19 months, three months ahead of schedule. With the commissioning of the LPG Plant at Bolangir, he said, people of the region would be supplied with hassle-free cylinders from now.
The foundation stone of Bolangir LPG Bottling Plant was laid on 21st May 2018 by Union Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan, Union Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment Thaawar Chand Gehlot, and Patnagarh MLA K. V. Singh Deo. This plant has been completed in a record 19 months period, at a total project cost of Rs. 103 Crores.
Addressing the gathering, Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan said: “ Nineteen months before, the foundation stone for this plant was laid and now the project has been completed in record time much before the scheduled completion date.” He further added that there were only 13.20 crore LPG consumers in the country till 2014 and now it has crossed 27 crores and in Odisha, it has crossed 80 lakhs. This new plant will benefit 14 districts of the western part of the state and more than 150 trucks will be engaged in the supply of LPG cylinders to different parts of the region generating more than 500 direct and indirect employment and further said that this plant will bring economic prosperity to the region.
The plant will be operational after it is dedicated to the nation by the Hon’ble Vice President. Bolangir Plant once commissioned shall supply LPG cylinders to the consumers in 14 districts of Odisha namely: Bolangir, Jharsuguda, Sundargarh, Sambalpur, Bargarh, Kalahandi, Sonepur Koraput, Malkangiri, Nabarangpur, Boudh, Kandhamal, Raygada and Nuapada.