Members of the bomb disposal squad inspect one of the three helipads being readied for Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Ranchi on Tuesday. (Prashant Mitra)
Ranchi, Aug. 19: Jharkhand’s first petroleum bulk storage terminal in Deoghar, to be commissioned by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday, will henceforth ensure that the state’s fuel needs are met through a direct pipeline from Haldia refinery, negating the need for Ranchi, Dhanbad and Jamshedpur to host oil depots at the cost of residents’ safety.
According to Indian Oil Corporation sources, the fully automated terminal in Jasidih, with a storage capacity of 31,600 kilo litre, would receive finished petroleum products through the existing Haldia-Barauni pipeline.
The terminal, built at a cost of Rs 109 crore and housing a central control room, would initially ensure supplies to Bokaro, Dhanbad, Giridih, Deoghar, Jamtara, Godda, Dumka, Pakur and Sahebganj districts.
“Through the Jasidih project, Jharkhand will, for the first time, directly get bulk supply of petrol, diesel and kerosene through a pipeline from Haldia,” IOCL general manager R.S. Dahiya, who looks after company operations in Jharkhand and Bihar, told The Telegraph.
Other senior IOCL officials have reached Ranchi for Thursday’s online inauguration of the Deoghar project, among several that would be formally launched by the Prime Minister.
The existing oil depots at Ranchi, Jamshedpur and Dhanbad are serviced by the railways and often, due to unavailability of rakes, supply of petroleum products are disrupted throughout the state. Also, these depots, whether in town or on the outskirts, are a security risk for local residents.
Once the Jasidih terminal is fully commissioned, Dahiya maintained, the Dhanbad depot would be the first to be phased out.
After the completion of the ambitious Paradip-Khunti pipeline, the Burmamines (Jamshedpur) depot will be shut down, while load on the Ranchi depot will be reduced substantially.
Dahiya said after the Paradip-Khunti pipeline was completed next year, another terminal would be set up at Khunti which would ultimately supply petroleum products to various districts, including those in South Chotanagpur and Kolhan divisions.
Sources maintained that IOCL chairman B. Ashok was expected to be present in Ranchi for the inauguration, which would be done online by the Prime Minister from Prabhat Tara Ground in Dhurwa.
Modi would also launch various other projects, including a new power grid (in Bero, Ranchi), a Software Technology Parks of India unit (in the Namkum Industrial Area of Ranchi), an electronics manufacturing cluster (in Adityapur Industrial Area in Seraikela-Kharsawan district near Jamshedpur) and NTPC’s 1,980MW North Karanpura Super Thermal Power Project at Tandwa, Chatra.
SP Rajeev Ranjan on traffic diversions planned in Ranchi ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit on Thursday between 11am and 1pm. Vehicles...
● Headed to Dhurwa will pass through HEC gate. Parking at Shaheed Maidan, Shalimar More
● From Jamshedpur, Chaibasa & Seraikela-Kharsawan to be diverted from Rampur on NH-33 to take Ring Road-Tupudana-Project Building and reach Dhurwa. Parking at Nehru Stadium, near Dhurwa roundabout
● lFrom Hazaribagh, Ramgarh & Bokaro to be diverted from Khelgaon towards Ring Road to reach Dhurwa
● From Palamau, Lohardaga & Latehar will turn from Kathitand, Karra and Sithio to reach Dhurwa bus stand where parking arrangements have been made
● Road from Shaheed Maidan to Jagannathpur-Dhurwa to be dedicated VVIP route
We will publish detailed maps in newspapers on Wednesday. Adequate traffic constables will be deputed at all roundabouts - Rajeev Ranjan