GORAKHPUR: In yet another move to rev-up its election campaign for 2022 Uttar Pradesh polls, both Prime Minister Narendra Modi and CM Yogi Adityanath will be seen together in Gorakhpur on Tuesday to unveil a urea production unit in Gorakhpur 31 years after it was shut.
PM is also expected to open the functional complex of AIIMS in Gorakhpur that has been built at a cost of Rs 1,000-crore in the same trip.
The projects are being seen as a clear attempt by the BJP to boost its electoral prospects in UP when challenges from Congress and Samajwadi Party with visits by Akhilesh Yadav and Priyanka Gandhi have become frequent to the region, including CM’s own bastion.
Hindustan Urvarak and Rasayan Limited (HURL) Gorakhpur , part of fertilizer ministry will be thrown open five years after Modi had announced its revamp in 2016.
The revamp has cost India government a cost of Rs 9,600 crore. The re-built factory was shut down in 1990 after an engineer died in a mishap. Owned by the Fertilizer Corporation of India, this plant was commissioned in 1968 and employed thousands of workers. They were rendered jobless after the closure of this unit under unforeseen circumstances in 1990, spelling doom for their families.
The plant will supply urea to farmers of Purvanchal region of Uttar Pradesh and also facilitate development of small and medium scale industries. “The unit has been opened to ensure price stability in domestic fertilizer market,” said a senior official. The demand for urea in country is 350 lakh tonnes in the country while domestic production is just 250 lakh tonnes. “We were forced to import almost 100 lakh tonnes of urea, which forces us to use precious foreign exchange reserves,” an official added.
With this launch, the Centre would have revived five plants namely Gorakhpur, Barauni in Bihar, Sindri in Jharkhand, Ramagundam in Telangana and Talcher in Odisha., which together can produce 60 lakh tonne per annum of urea.
According to the senior officials, out of a total work force of this re-commissioned urea plant, 30 percent employees are from the Purvanchal areas. “Women workforce has been employed in bigger numbers as compared to male employees. The operation of this plant will be controlled by women who will also work night shifts. This plant is also estimated to provide direct and indirect employment to over 10 thousand people”, they added.
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