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Work on Gas Cracker progressing on schedule: Centre

By Staff Correspondent

DIBRUGARH, March 13 � Barely a week after the five-day work boycott by thousands of workers at the upcoming gas cracker plant at Lepetkata following a CISF firing on March 2, Jose Cyriac, Secretary, Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers, Government of India today said that the project was progressing in good speed and that the gas cracker work is on schedule.

After reviewing the project activities at the site, Cyriac told mediapersons today that Brahmaputra Cracker and Polymer Limited (BCPL) was set to implement the project on schedule since its physical progress as on mid February 2012 indicated 64.6 per cent and the financial progress stood at 45.12 per cent. �We hope to complete the mechanical works by July 2013 and thereafter would take at least 6 months for the commissioning,� the Union Secretary stated.

Cyriac however, said that although the project was on schedule, there was need to expedite the progress further. �We will make effort to speed up the progress so that we do not face time overrun for some unseen reasons in future. There are about 8000 workers now and we are expecting get about 10,000 labourers soon,� he said.

BC Tripathi, the chairman of BCPL, informed mediapersons that BCPL had incurred capital expenditure of Rs 3,900 crore till mid February 2012 (out of the financial commitment towards purchase orders and contracts of about Rs 7,700 crore till February 15, 2012. The placement of remaining purchase orders and contracts is being expedited, he said.

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Work on Gas Cracker progressing on schedule: Centre

DIBRUGARH, March 13 � Barely a week after the five-day work boycott by thousands of workers at the upcoming gas cracker plant at Lepetkata following a CISF firing on March 2, Jose Cyriac, Secretary, Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers, Government of India today said that the project was progressing in good speed and that the gas cracker work is on schedule.

After reviewing the project activities at the site, Cyriac told mediapersons today that Brahmaputra Cracker and Polymer Limited (BCPL) was set to implement the project on schedule since its physical progress as on mid February 2012 indicated 64.6 per cent and the financial progress stood at 45.12 per cent. �We hope to complete the mechanical works by July 2013 and thereafter would take at least 6 months for the commissioning,� the Union Secretary stated.

Cyriac however, said that although the project was on schedule, there was need to expedite the progress further. �We will make effort to speed up the progress so that we do not face time overrun for some unseen reasons in future. There are about 8000 workers now and we are expecting get about 10,000 labourers soon,� he said.

BC Tripathi, the chairman of BCPL, informed mediapersons that BCPL had incurred capital expenditure of Rs 3,900 crore till mid February 2012 (out of the financial commitment towards purchase orders and contracts of about Rs 7,700 crore till February 15, 2012. The placement of remaining purchase orders and contracts is being expedited, he said.