Bhubaneswar: Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is on a one-day visit to Odisha, on Saturday laid the foundation stone and commence work for the country’s first coal gasification based fertiliser plant at Talcher in Angul district of Odisha and said the government aims to take India to new heights of growth. Also Read - Ladakh Standoff: These Masterstrokes of PM Modi Frighten China

Addressing the public, the PM stated that the Rs 13,000 crore-project to revive the Talcher fertiliser plant will for the first time see coal being converted into gas for use as feedstock and for producing neem-coated urea. “The project, which will start production in 36 months, will help cut import of natural gas and fertiliser and make India self-reliant,” he said. Also Read - 'Perfect Time, Perfect Opportunity,' Says PM Modi to Aussie PM Scott Morrison in First Virtual Meet | Top 10 Points

Claiming that projects like the fertiliser plant here are central to India’s growth story, he said. “This plant will use latest technology as well.” The beginning of work on the plant would fulfill the dreams that should have been fulfilled long ago, he said. Also Read - Watch LIVE: PM Modi Attends Online Summit With Australian PM Scott Morrison

“I am told production will start in 36 months. I promise to be here in 36 months at the start of production,” he said.

Talcher fertiliser project of the Fertilizer Corporation of India was shut in 2002 by the then BJP-led NDA government as frequent power restrictions, obsolete and mismatch of technology made the plant economically unviable. The government in August 2011 decided to revive the plant. It is being developed by Talcher Fertilisers Limited, a joint-venture of GAIL, Coal India Ltd, Rashtriya Chemicals & Fertilisers Ltd and Fertiliser Corporation of India Ltd. The plant, to be commissioned by 2022, will ensure easy availability of urea in Odisha as there is no urea plant in the state.

During the day, the Prime Minister will also dedicate to the nation mines of the NTPC and the Mahanadi Coalfields Ltd and railway tracks for transportation of coal. He will also inaugurate Jharsuguda Airport and UDAN in the state.

Garjanbahal open cast mine of MCL, to be inaugurated by Modi, has coal block reserves of 230 million tonnes with annual production capacity of 13 million tonnes. It will generate direct employment opportunity for 894 people and indirect job opportunities for 5,000, officials were quoted as saying in a PTI report.

Furthermore, the PM will also launch the 53.1-km Jharsuguda-Serdega railway line constructed by MCL, which can be used for passenger traffic.

He is also scheduled to dedicate Dulanga Coal Mining Project of NTPC in Sundargarh district to the nation. This is the second mine of the the state-run company to be operational and its first in Odisha. Coal produced from this mine will be used in the under-construction 1600-MW Darlipali Super Thermal Power Plant of NTPC in Sundargarh district, the officials reportedly said.

The Prime Minister will inaugurate a new airport in Jharsuguda. It has been developed for all-weather operations, including night operations for A-320 type aircraft and is the second airport of Odisha to become operational. It will provide connectivity to Bhubaneswar, Raipur and Ranchi under the central government’s UDAN scheme.

(With PTI inputs)