Six Indian states on petchem hub shortlist

11 June 2008 07:40  [Source: ICIS news]

MUMBAI (ICIS news)--India’s department of chemicals and petrochemicals has recommended proposals from six states for petroleum, chemical and petrochemical investment regions (PCPIRs), said a senior official.

"We have examined the proposals from Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, West Bengal, Karnataka, Orissa and Tamil Nadu and have forwarded them to a high powered committee under the Cabinet secretary," said Ram Vilas Paswan, Minister for Chemicals and Fertilisers late on Tuesday.

"These will be later sent to the Cabinet for approval," the minister added, but  he did not give a timeline for completion of the approvals process.

Andhra Pradesh has earmarked 603 sq km for the hub while Gujarat, West Bengal, Karnataka, Orissa and Tamil Nadu have identified 453 sq km, 253 sq km, 300 sq km, 286 sq km and 252 sq km respectively, he added.

ICIS news had earlier reported that the Vishakhapatnam-Kakinada-Rajahmundry corridor in Andhra Pradesh, Dahej in Gujarat, Mangalore in Karnataka, Paradip in Orissa and Haldia in West Bengal had been identified for the PCPIRs.

The PCPIR would house refineries, petrochemical complexes and downstream units to cater to both domestic and export markets. The government would provide common infrastructure such as roads, ports, power and water to support units at the PCPIRs.

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By: Malini Hariharan
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