Dibrugarh: After years of unrelenting public demand in the State, the Union Ministry of Fertilizers has ultimately placed the Detailed Project Report (DPR) of the proposed Namrup –IV unit of the Brahmaputra Valley Fertilizer Corporation Limited (BVFCL) before the Planning Commission.
According to the reports, the cost of Namrup –IV plant has been estimated at Rs 4,500 crore and that formerly the clearances are had, the construction work would take 3 years before the plant goes into commissioning. Namrup –IV is projected to generate 1.1 million tonnes of urea per annum.
The demand for a new, modern fertilizer unit at Namrup came up in 2005, and was leads by the Namrup Fertilizer Shramik Union (NFSU). On June 26, 2006, the Union Fertilizer Minister, Ram Vilas Paswan, had promised to set up a new Urea unit, to replace the ageing earlier units during his visit to Namrup.
After this, a DPR was submitted by the ministry in 2007, although was sent back by the Planning Commission, citing financial constraints and seeking further clarifications.
The ministry also had Assam’s own B K Handique as the minister of state, who erratically pursued the matter. Yet, the revised DPR took over 3 years to be prepared, before it was again submitted before the Planning Commission last week.
NFSU secretary Tileswar Borah told to the reporters today that the BVFCL community seeks the support and cooperation of all political parties to revive the northeast’s sole fertilizer plant.