Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik
Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, in a letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has sought his personal intervention in the revival of the fertilizer plant of the Fertiliser Corporation of India Ltd (FCIL) at Talcher in Angul district.

Patnaik has sought the revival of the closed state-run fertilizer plant in the State to meet the chronic shortage of urea in eastern parts of the country which is an important matter and has remained pending for a long time.

“Keeping in view this national asset, I would request you to take immediate steps for its revival,” the Chief Minister has stated in the letter.

“There is no urea plant in the eastern region and the revival of Talcher plant will go a long way in addressing a chronic shortage,” he stated in the letter.

A coal block at Talcher Coalfields under the command area of Mahanadi Coalfields Limited a subsidiary of CIL, been identified for this surface-based coal gasification project. This coal block has a capacity of 5.5 million tonnes per annum and once washed, it will yield 3.7 million tonnes.

Although steps have been taken and the Central Government had approved its revival plan a few years ago for revival of FCI plant, there has not been much progress yet, Patnaik said.