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Union Secy reviews gas cracker project

By STAFF CORRESPONDENT

DIBRUGARH, Nov 13 � The eight-month-long monsoon in the region this year affected the work progress of the upcoming gas cracker project at Lepetkata immensely. However, Brahmaputra Cracker and Polymer Limited (BCPL) and the Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers believes that the delay would be compensated as the works are expected to take off vigorously during the next few months. This was stated by M Raman, Secretary, Department of Chemicals & Petro Chemicals, Union Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers. Raman was here for a review meeting of the monitoring committee on the BCPL project.

�So far the progress of the ongoing project is 27 per cent. As per our commitment, the work progress should have been 50 per cent,� said Raman at a press briefing here today. Raman said that extended monsoon this year provided a very short working season. He said an estimated Rs 1,247 crore was spent on the project works till date although the joint venture company had awarded works amounting to Rs 5,699 crore.

�Given that site grading is almost over, 84 engineers have been recruited, critical equipment and machineries have been ordered and a number of contracts have been awarded, the remaining works will start in full swing now. The number of workers engaged in different construction activities at the BCPL site is 4,800 and the company is planning to engage about 7000 workers by December and even more during the peak season,� Raman said.

He also said that 92 per cent workers, and 64 per cent of the 84 Engineers selected are locals, besides more than half of the contracts were awarded to local youths.

Speaking on Corporate Social Responsibility, Raman said that BCPL would focus on health, roads and education in the surrounding areas. Overall infrastructure of schools within the radius of 5 kilometres would be improved and one primary health & medical centre would come up at Lepetkata, the Union Secretary said.

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Union Secy reviews gas cracker project

DIBRUGARH, Nov 13 � The eight-month-long monsoon in the region this year affected the work progress of the upcoming gas cracker project at Lepetkata immensely. However, Brahmaputra Cracker and Polymer Limited (BCPL) and the Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers believes that the delay would be compensated as the works are expected to take off vigorously during the next few months. This was stated by M Raman, Secretary, Department of Chemicals & Petro Chemicals, Union Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers. Raman was here for a review meeting of the monitoring committee on the BCPL project.

�So far the progress of the ongoing project is 27 per cent. As per our commitment, the work progress should have been 50 per cent,� said Raman at a press briefing here today. Raman said that extended monsoon this year provided a very short working season. He said an estimated Rs 1,247 crore was spent on the project works till date although the joint venture company had awarded works amounting to Rs 5,699 crore.

�Given that site grading is almost over, 84 engineers have been recruited, critical equipment and machineries have been ordered and a number of contracts have been awarded, the remaining works will start in full swing now. The number of workers engaged in different construction activities at the BCPL site is 4,800 and the company is planning to engage about 7000 workers by December and even more during the peak season,� Raman said.

He also said that 92 per cent workers, and 64 per cent of the 84 Engineers selected are locals, besides more than half of the contracts were awarded to local youths.

Speaking on Corporate Social Responsibility, Raman said that BCPL would focus on health, roads and education in the surrounding areas. Overall infrastructure of schools within the radius of 5 kilometres would be improved and one primary health & medical centre would come up at Lepetkata, the Union Secretary said.