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PM Modi likely to lay stone for Talcher fertilizer plant revival

Bhubaneswar, Oct 20: Union Minister Dhamrendra Pradhan today informed that Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be requested to lay the foundation stone for proposed the revival work of the Talcher project in November this year.

The Union Government has a set a target to start production at the fertilizer plant at Talcher, which has been shut since 2002, by September 2020.

'Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be requested to lay the foundation stones for the revival work of the Talcher project in November this year,' informed the Union Petroleum and Natural Gas and Skill Development and Entrepreneurship Minister.

Four central PSUs - the Fertilizer Corporation of India Limited (FCIL), Coal India Limited (CIL), GAIL India Limited and Rashtriya Chemicals and Fertilizers (RCF) have joined hand to revive the defunct fertilizer plant at Talcher with an estimated investment of Rs 8700 crore.

The plant will have a capacity of 1.2 million tonnes per annum. It would directly and indirectly generate employment opportunities for around 4,500 people, sources said.

In April, the Union Government has decided to revive the closed fertiliser projects at Gorakhpur, Barauni, Sindri and Talcher with a massive investment to the tune of Rs 50,000 cr.

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