BPCL LPG bottling plant at Balangir inaugurated by Odisha Governor

New Delhi: The BPCL LPG bottling plant at Balangir, Odisha, was inaugurated and dedicated to the nation on Friday by Odisha Governor Prof Ganeshi Lal in the presence of Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan. The plant has been built by state-run BPCL within record time and three months ahead of schedule.

Naidu was supposed to inaugurate the BPCL LPG bottling plant

Initially, the BPCL LPG bottling plant was to be dedicated to the nation by Vice President M Venkiah Naidu. He had come up to Raipur but could not make it to Balangir due to bad weather conditions on Friday. In his audio message, however, Naidu complimented BPCL for completing the state-of-the-art LPG plant at Balangir within record 19 months, three months ahead of schedule. With the commissioning of the LPG Plant at Balangir, he said, people of the region would be able to avail hassle-free cylinders from now on.

Foundation stone was laid in 2018

The foundation stone of Balangir LPG Bottling Plant was laid on May 21, 2018, by Pradhan. The plant has been completed at a total project cost of Rs 103 crore. Addressing the gathering, Pradhan said that there were only 13.20 crore LPG consumers in the country till 2014, and now the number has crossed 27 crores and in Odisha, the figure stands at over 80 lakh. The new plant will benefit 14 districts in the western part of the state. More than 150 trucks will be engaged in the supply of LPG cylinders to different parts of the region, generating more than 500 direct and indirect employment. He further said that this plant will bring economic prosperity to the region.

Balangir plant set up by BPCL in record time

BPCL, a Maharatna PSU under the Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas which is now set to be privatised, has set up this new LPG bottling plant at Barkani village, district Balangir in Odisha. BPCL already has an LPG bottling plant at Khurda in the state. The three state-run oil marketing companies have plants at Balasore, Jharsuguda, Khurda and Jatni. In addition to this, the LPG bottling plant at Balangir, OMCs have plans to set up new plants at Khurda and Rayagada. Odisha will have a total of 7 LPG bottling plants once all the new plants are completed. The bottling capacity of these 7 bottling plants will be 4.06 crores cylinders per annum.