Gorakhpur : Ushering a new era of development of eastern Uttar Pradesh, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today laid the foundation stones for the AIIMS...
Gorakhpur : Ushering a new era of development of eastern Uttar Pradesh, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today laid the foundation stones for the AIIMS and the revival of the Gorakhpur Fertilizer unit here. Mr Modi laid the foundation at one go in the presence of several union ministers including J P Nadda, Anant Kumar, Piyush Goesh,Kalraj Mishra and Anupriya Patel along with UP governor Ram Naik. The revival of a fertiliser plant and the foundation stone of AIIMS in Gorakhpur will fulfill two demands pending for over a decade. Both the fertilixer unit and AIIMS would serve around 70 million people of both UP and Bihar. This fertiliser unit, which used to produce Swastic Chaap Urea, was the second biggest industry in this region after North Eastern Railway. Its sudden closure in early 1990 threw thousands of people jobless. BJP sees revival in its fortune in this region with re-opening of this plant. Eastern UP has always been on the top drawer of BJP’s agenda.
Prime Minister who represents Varanasi, has opened trade centre there. PM then kicked-off Ujjawal scheme of distributing free LPG cylinders to BPL families from Ballia and now fertiliser plant would be revived in Gorakhpur. Revival of gas based Gorakhpur Fertilizer plant, was implemented by ‘Hindustan Urvarak Rasayan Limited’ a joint venture between two of the biggest Maharatna CPSEs of the country -Coal India Limited (CIL), the flagship coal miner and National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) Limited, the national power producer. The revival of the plant entailing an investment of Rs 6,000 Crores is in the equity pattern of 50 per cent each between both the CPSE entities. This initiative would help the farming community getting urea timely and usher in a new era of rural progress and prosperity in the country especially in the eastern parts. The revitalisation of these plants would help generate 1.27 million tonne per annum of urea along with other associated chemicals from each plant, bridging the demand supply gap of urea. The other positive consequence would be employment generation opportunities locally.
People of Gorakhpur are enthused about the revival of the Fertilizer unit which was closed 26 years back. The unit will have sophisticated machines that will run on gas fuel to produce 3,850 tonnes urea per day against its earlier capacity of around 950 tonnes. The fertiliser unit in Gorakhpur was established in 1969 and produced urea sold as 'Swastik Chhaap'. Spread on a sprawling 1,000 acres, the unit had a dream run until 1990, when an employee's death on duty gave rise to politicking and resulted in closure of the factory. On the other hand,the AIIMS would be set up under the Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojana (PMSSY) at an estimated cost of Rs 1,011 crore in over 115 acres of land given free by UP government. The new AIIMS will serve the dual purpose of providing super-specialty health care to the population while creating a large pool of doctors and health workers that can be available for primary and secondary level facilities being created under National Health Mission (NHM), a release of the Union Health Ministry said. The AIIMS hospital will have a capacity of 750 beds and also include emergency or trauma and AYUSH sections. Natives of 14 districts of Eastern UP and five districts of Western Bihar will be benefited by the establishment of new AIIMS in Gorakhpur.