Lepetkata (Dibrugarh): Setting his sights on the impending assembly election in Assam, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday dedicated the Brahmaputra Cracker and Polymer Limited petrochemical complex the region’s first petrochemical project at Lepetkata here to the nation and said development in the northeast would complete development in the country.
The Prime Minister also inaugurated a wax de-oiling unit at Numaligarh Refinery Limited.
PM Modi inaugurates gas cracker project
“If the northeast does not develop, India’s development would be incomplete. Developing the northeast is a priority for me if the country has to develop fast,” Modi said.
Making a strong political statement before the assembly election likely to held in April, Modi said Assam had the potential to become country’s Number 1 state.
He promised jobs and opportunities to local youngsters in start-up ventures in the Brahmaputra Cracker and Polymer Limited petrochemical complex built at an investment of Rs 10,000 crore at Lepetkata in Dibrugarh district and in the Rs 676-crore wax plant of Numaligarh Refinery Limited in Golaghat district.
“These two projects are important for two reasons; for the value addition they will achieve for natural raw material and for the employment opportunities they will create for the youth of Assam. As a result of the dedication of these projects to the nation, there is anand (joy) in the country and sarbanand (all-round joy) in Assam,” Modi said in reference to Union minister of state for sports and BJP’s chief ministerial candidate Sarbananda Sonowal.
Modi said completing projects on time not only avoided cost overruns, it generated more employment. The gas cracker project, which will produce 2,80,000 tonnes of polymer products every year, was the result of the Assam Accord signed between All Assam Students’ Union and the Centre in 1985. It was approved in 2006 and took 10 years to be complete.