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Sonowal visits Namrup industrial plants

By Our Bureau

DIBRUGARH, April 30 - The Namrup Replacement Thermal Power Plant (NRPP) with production capacity of 100 MW is likely to be commissioned by May this year. The APGCL officials informed this to Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal during his visit to the project site at Namrup in Dibrugarh district today. The commissioning of the Replacement Plant will augment generation capacity of Namrup Thermal Power Station up to 127 MW.

Sonowal hoped that the project works of the Replacement Plant will be ready by May end without fail. He said that though foundation stone of the project was laid almost a decade back, its progress was very slow in the initial years. He said that strict measures must be taken by APGCL so that the deadline is not missed by Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited, which is carrying out the project.

In view of slow progress of the project, Chief Minister Sonowal during his last visit on September 26 last year had asked BHEL officials to ensure timely completion of the project. Stating power as a driving force for the industries, Sonowal said that expeditious completion of power projects needs to be given special priority. The Chief Minister further said that industrial growth would give a renewed boost to economy, which is hit hard by the novel coronavirus induced nationwide lockdown at present.

APDCL Chairman Vinod Kumar Pipersenia and MD Kalyani Baruah, MLAs of the Dibrugarh and Tinsukia districts attended today�s function at Namrup.

Sonowal also visited the construction site of 500 TPD Methanol and 200 TPD Formaldehyde plant of Assam Petro-Chemicals Limited at Namrup. The APL Chairman Bikul Chandra Deka informed the Chief Minister that the project will be commissioned by December this year.

The Chief Minister met workers of the nearby BVFCL fertilizer plant. The work on this plant�s Unit IV is hanging fire for the past several years. Sonowal said he hopes the new Unit will be okayed by the Centre. However, like the Cachar and Jagiroad paper plants, the BVFCL fertilizer plant at Namrup is gasping for breath due to political apathy for several years now.

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