STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE
Talcher, 3 September
A four member official team from the centre reached here to inspect the existing infrastructure of the Talcher fertiliser plant which has been closed since 2001.
The visit is part of the plans to revive the plant.
Mr S D Awalkar, chief manager of Rastriya Chemical and Fertilisers (RCF), along with Mr A K Singh and A K Khan of Planning and Development of India Limited (PDIL), went around the plant.
They visited the raw water intake point at Brahmani river at Mandapal, studied the viability of the existing coal linkage facilities and and analysed the need to avail coal from Talcher mines. The team also studied power supply and other such areas in the context of resuming operations of the plant. Talcher Fertilizer plant will be revived with the help of RCF, Coal India Ltd, Gas Authority of India and the Fertiliser Corporation of India as a joint venture project with an investment of over Rs 8000 crore, said reliable sources.
Union Minister for Chemicals and Fetiliser Srikant Jena has over the last four years asserted that the plant will be revived. The minister has claimed Cabinet approval for the proposal. The chairman cum managing director of Mahanadi Coalfield Ltd, Mr A N Sahay, has also expressed his readiness to meet the coal requirements of the plant.