Sonowal inaugurates construction work of 500 TPD Methanol Expansion Project

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HT Correspondent

DIBRUGARH, Oct 3: Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal ceremonially inaugurated the construction work of 500 TPD (Ton Per Day) Methanol Expansion Project of Assam Petro-Chemicals Limited at a function held at Namrup on Tuesday.

Speaking on the occasion, chief minister Sonowal said that the state government is working vigorously to set up industries at a fast pace so that employment opportunities can be generated for the unemployed youths of the state.

Stating that skill development is one of the key objectives of the state government, Sonowal said that the government is sincerely working towards creating skilled human resources in the state. He also said that the new 500 TPD Methanol Project which would be set up involving a project cost Rs. 1337 crore. The new plant once completed would herald a new beginning for the industrial sector of the state and leading to setting up of several ancillary industries using the increased methanol production from the new plant.

Stating that Assam was a highly industrialised state during the pre-independence period, Sonowal reiterated his Government’s commitment to work resolutely to usher in a new era of rapid industrialisation.

Sonowal also announced that the 4th Unit of Brahmaputra Valley Fertilizers Corporation Limited would soon be set up which will revitalise the organisation and Rs. 6000 crore has been earmarked for the proposed plant.

Commenting that tea industry is one of the mainstays of Assam’s economy, Sonowal stated that the Government is working towards modernising tea industry. He also called upon the tea growers to maintain quality in tea production to compete at the global market.

Saying that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has kept Assam and North East at the forefront of his development agenda, Sonowal said that the implementation of Act East Policy would bring Assam closer to South East Asian countries. It may also be noted that the construction work of a 200 metric ton per day Formalin Plant was also inaugurated on Tuesday which would come up at Boithamari in Bongaigaon district.

Sonowal also reiterated his Government’s agenda of a pollution free state and said that an ambitious plan of planting 10 crore saplings has already been underway for a clean and green Assam.

Commerce and Industry minister Chandra Mohan Patowary; MP Rameswar Teli; MLAs Kushal Dowari, Rituparna Baruah, Tapan Gogoi, Jogen Mohan, Chakradhar Gogoi, Sanjay Kisan, Naren Sonowal, Suren Phukan, Terash Gowala; chairman Assam Petrochemicals Limited Jagadish Bhuyan; vice chairman Bikul Chandra Deka; managing director Ratul Bordoloi; vice chairman of Assam State Housing Board Subhash Dutta; vice chairman of AIDC Jitu Talukdar; chief executive member, Sonowal Kachari Autonomous Council Dipu Ranjan Markary; secretary, Industry Department Shehla Rahman; deputy commissioner, Dibrugarh Loya Maduri and a host of other dignitaries were present on the occasion.

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