Union Minister of Chemicals and Fertilisers DV Sadananda Gowda Tuesday reviewed the progress of three reviving projects of Hindustan Urvarak & Rasayan (HURL) at Gorakhpur, Barauni and Sindri.
Arun Kumar Gupta, MD, HURL gave a brief presentation on progress of all the three projects, and said that Gorakhpur, Sindri and Barurani projects have achieved 80 percent, 74 percent and 73 percent progress so far. However, the projects have been affected due to lockdown, travel restrictions, unavailability of labourers and so on. Situation has now improved and sufficient manpower, although lesser by 20 percent than pre COVID level, have been mobilised to resume the work at all the three sites. Although there could be delay in commissioning by five to six months from scheduled deadline, he assured that all the three projects would be commissioned by end of the next year.
Gowda said that aggressive catch up plan must be prepared to compensate for the delay emanating from challenges due to COVID-19.
He suggested that video conferencing may be used to connect with consultants from foreign countries as travel restriction is expected to continue for some time. He appreciated efforts of the management of HURL for resumption of work at their sites. Once the three projects are commissioned by end of next year, domestic capacity would increase by 38.1 lakh MT, thereby would increase Aatmanirbharta in urea production. Commissioning of these projects will bring benefits to the nation in terms of reduced import dependency, saving of foreign exchange, generation of hundreds of direct and indirect jobs, tax receipts for government among others.
Hindustan Urvarak & Rasayan (HURL) was incorporated on June 15, 2016 as a joint venture company by Coal India (CIL), NTPC and Indian Oil Corporation (IOCL) as the lead promoters with Fertilizer Corporation of India (FCIL) and Hindustan Fertilizer Corporation (HFCL) as other two partners. Through HURL, Government of India is reviving three closed urea plants of FCIL and HFCL at Gorakhpur, Sindri and Barauni, each having annual capacity of 12.7 lakh MT.