Prime Minister Narendra Modi dedicated to the nation three key projects related to the petroleum sector in Bihar on Sunday via video conferencing. The projects include the Durgapur-Banka section of the Paradip-Haldia-Durgapur Pipeline Augmentation Project and two LPG bottling plants. They have been commissioned by Indian Oil and Hindustan Petroleum Corp. Ltd (HPCL), PSUs under the aegis of the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas.
Speaking on the occasion, the Prime Minister said the special package announced for Bihar a few years earlier was focused on improving the state's infrastructure. He said the special package given for Bihar had ten big projects related to oil & gas worth Rs 210 billion. Among these, it was the seventh project that was being dedicated to the people of Bihar. He also listed the other six projects which had already been completed in the eastern state.
He expressed his happiness at inaugurating the Durgapur-Banka section (about 200 km) of an important gas pipeline project for which he had laid the foundation stone about one-and-a-half-years earlier. He lauded the hard work of the engineers and laborers and the active support of the state government in completing this project on time, despite the challenging terrain.
Quoting from the scriptures the prime minister said strength was the source of freedom and the power of labour was the basis of development of any nation. He said there was neither a shortage of power of labour in eastern India, including Bihar, nor did the place lack natural resources. However, Bihar and eastern India had lagged in terms of development for decades and suffered endless delays due to political, economic and other reasons. He said since road connectivity, rail connectivity, air connectivity, internet connectivity was not a priority earlier and gas-based industry and petro-connectivity could not be imagined in Bihar. He said the development of the gas-based industry was a major challenge in Bihar due to it being a landlocked state and thus lacking resources related to oil & gas, which were otherwise available to coastal states.
The prime minister said the gas-based industry and petro-connectivity had a direct impact on people’s lives, on their standard of living and in the creation of millions of new employment opportunities. He said that today when compressed natural gas (CNG) and piped natural gas (PNG) were reaching many cities in Bihar and eastern India, people there should be able to avail of these facilities easily.
Prime Minister Modi said that the gigantic effort to connect eastern India with Paradip on the eastern seaboard and Kandla on the western seaboard had started under the Pradhan Mantri Urja Ganga Yojana and seven states would be connected through a nearly 3,000 km long pipeline, in which Bihar also has a prominent role. The line from Paradip-Haldia will now be further extended to Patna, Muzaffarpur and the pipeline coming from Kandla, which had reached Gorakhpur, would also be connected to it. He said when the entire project is ready, it would become one of the longest pipeline projects in the world.
The prime minister said due to these gas pipelines, big bottling plants were being installed in Bihar. Among these, two new bottling plants were launched on Sunday in Banka and Champaran. Both these plants have the capacity to fill more than 125 million cylinders every year. These plants will meet the liquified petroleum gas (LPG) requirements of Godda, Deoghar, Dumka, Sahibganj, Pakur districts and some areas of Uttar Pradesh and Jharkhand. He said thousands of new jobs were being created in Bihar due to the laying of this gas pipeline for the industry.