Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday inaugurated the commencement of work of the first oil refinery in Rajasthan’s Barmer district.
The project, which costs over ₹ 43,000 crores, is likely to be completed by 2021. It will be the first Indian Greenfield Refinery designed to produce BS-VI grade fuel.
The refinery project is a joint venture between Hindustan Petroleum Corporation and Rajasthan government. With a 9 million tonne per annum capacity, it will become the biggest refinery, beating the HPCL refinery in Mumbai which has a capacity of 7.5 million tonnes per annum and the Visakhapatanam that has a capacity to produce 8.3 million tonnes.
On completion by 2021 the refinery-cum-petrochemical complex will create 40,000 indirect employment opportunities during peak construction period and 10,000 direct jobs.
At the inauguration, PM Modi criticised the previous regime in the state, accusing them of deceiving the people. Modi said the previous regime only laid foundation stones for several projects but did nothing for the poor.
Some people mislead citizens often. Their misleading the nation on Barmer refinery is not the exception, it is a norm when it comes to them. There are several such areas in which they have been misleading the nation for years: PM @narendramodi
— PMO India (@PMOIndia) January 16, 2018
(With inputs from PTI)