Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 16 January 2018 inaugurated the project commencement of the Rajasthan oil refinery at Pachpadra in Barmer district of the state.
The oil refinery is the first one to be set up in Rajasthan. The project was undertaken as a joint venture between Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited (HPCL) and the Rajasthan government at a cost of Rs 43000 crores.
• The refinery is expected to be operational in 4 years.
• It is expected to bring to the state an additional income of Rs 34000 crores.
• The project is also expected to generate thousands of direct and indirect jobs.
• Further, it is expected to bring an unprecedented surge in infrastructure development, improvement of healthcare services and the establishment of prestigious education institutions in Western Rajasthan.
Speaking on the occasion, Modi stated that the project will bring happiness and prosperity in the lives of many. He stated that this is a time for 'Sankalp Se Siddhi' and added that targets should be identified and work should be done towards achieving them by 2022, when the country marks 75 years of freedom.
The foundation stone for the refinery was laid by former Congress President Sonia Gandhi four years ago, on 22 September 2013.
Who: PM Modi