SILCHAR, Jan 9 � In a move to cater to the petroleum needs of Barak Valley and eyeing the opportunity to distribute fuel to the neighbouring States of Mizoram, Manipur and Tripura based on their requirement, the Indian Oil Corporation has resolved to set up a mega storage depot at Silchar.
According to official sources at the IOC, the new depot can store up to 30,000 kilo litres of petroleum. �Once the depot comes up, there will be no dearth of petroleum products not only for Barak Valley, but this will be a buffer stock for export even to the ASEAN nations,� the source claimed.
The Government is putting thrust on the infrastructure of fuel in the North East and as a part of the effort certain depots have been identified and the upgradation is under way to meet 60 days requirement. Since space is not enough at the present depot here at Ramnagar, the IOC in consultation with the State Government has identified 45 acres of land at Moinarbandh on the way towards Udharbond.
Sources at the Cachar district administration say the land acquisition process is also wrapped up and the IOC is waiting for the mandatory environmental clearance. �We are in the last leg of the process. All the norms and guidelines set by the Oil Industry Safety Directorate (OISD) and Petroleum Explosives Safety Organisation (PESO) are being followed regarding the mega depot. The new-found location is congenial for the depot to be set up and if the processes are done at a rapid pace, the depot could be completed in another 36 months from the day the environmental clearance is received,� an IOC source said.
Meanwhile, asked about how far the broadgauge line will augment the transportation of fuel, the source said even if the railway line is available, wagons will not be able to enter the present depot till the new mega depot is constructed. Hence, the IOC is pressing for the National Highway-6 to be kept in good condition, the source maintained.