Bhubaneswar: The Odisha chief minister, Naveen Patnaik, Thursday wrote a letter to the prime minister Narendra Modi for setting up of an integrated naptha cracker at Paradip.

“An integrated Naptha Cracker units needs to set up urgently if the objectives of setting up the Petroleum, Chemicals and Petrochemicals Investment Region (PCPIR) to be realised. The Naptha Cracker unit will provide the possibility of maximising the production of Ethylene, Propylene, Butadiene and aromatic cuts. These would work as feedstock for varieties of industries that could serve the increasing demand of petrochemical products in the country across sectors such as textiles, polymers, pharmaceuticals and specialty chemicals.”

Patnaik has urged the prime minister that the Indian Oil Corporation Ltd.(IOCL) may be asked to take up  development of naptha cracker unit and down stream industries on priorities. He also suggested that the Centre should chip in with funds for development of infrastructure for the PCPIR.