Bhubaneswar:The prime minister, Narendra Modi, will launch five big-ticket infra projects in Odisha on Saturday.

Modi along with Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik will dedicate the Jharsuguda airport to the nation and flag off the flight operations under Udan programme from the new airport.

The PM will lay the foundation stone for the country’s first coal gasification based fertilizer plant at Talcher. This would mark the revivial of the closed Fertilizer Corporation of India’s plant in the state.

Modi will dedicate to the nation the Garjanbahal open cast mines project, and  the Jharsuguda-Sardega railway line of MCL in Sundargarh district of Odisha. He will also flag off the commencement of coal production and transportation from Dulanga coal mine of NTPC in Sundargarh district of Odisha.

The Mahanadi Coal Fields Ltd. (MCL), NTPC Ltd., Talcher Fertilizers Ltd.(TFL) and Airports Authority of India (AAI), at a joint media conference, here on Friday,  gave details of  their respective projects. MCL’s director(operation-technical) J P Singh, and director (finance)  K. R. Vasudevan, NTPC’s regional executive director(Eastern Region-II)  M P Sinha, Rashtriya Chemical & Fertilizers Ltd. chairman and TFL CMD  U V Dhatrak, AAI member (planning),  briefed the media persons.

 Garjanbahal Open Cast Mines Project and Jharsuguda-Serdega railway line of MCL:

Located in Sundargarh district having coal block reserve of 230 million tonnes Garjanbahal open cast project with an annual production capacity of 13 million tonnes will generate direct employment opportunity for 894 person directly and 5000 indirectly. The 53.1 kms long Jharsuguda-Serdega rail line constructed with an estimated investment of Rs. 1,124 crores will provide connection upto Pelma near Anuppur railway station after stabilization of the line.

Dulanga Coal Mines Project of NTPC:

Located in Hemgir Tehsil of Sundargarh district of Odisha, Dulunga Coal Mining Project of NTPC with a production capacity of 7 million tonnes per annum is linked with the 1600MW Darlipali Super Thermal Power Plant in the same district. NTPC has deposited upfront amount of Rs. 28.62 crores with the  Odisha government for its Dulanga Coal Block as per allotment agreement.  NTPC Dulanga has already spent more than Rs. 31.3 Crores towards various development activities in Hemgir and Sundargarh till date over a span of 5 years before commencement of coal production on areas.

Rs 13,000 crore Talcher Fertilisers Plant at Talcher :

TFP, a joint venture by Central sector GAIL (India) Limited (GAIL), Coal India Limited (CIL), Rashtriya Chemicals & Fertilizers Limited (RCFL) and Fertilizer Corporation of India Limited (FCIL), at an estimated investment of Rs. 13,000 crore, is India’s first coal gasification based fertilizer plant with pet coke blending.

The project will have an output of 1.27 million tonnes per annum (mtpa) of ‘Neem’ coated prilled urea using coal and pet-coke as feed-stock. The plant is targeted to be commissioned by 2022. Talcher plant shall ensure easy availability of urea in Odisha as currently there is no urea plant in the state.

 Jharsuguda Airport :

Jharsuguda Airport has been developed by the Airports Authority of India(AAI), in collaboration with Odisha government at an estimated cost of Rs.210 crores with Rs. 75 crores contribution from the state government. Spread across over 1027.5 acres of land, the area of Terminal Building of the airport is 4000 sqm having capacity to handle 300 passengers. The Airport, with a 2390 mtr. long runway,  has been developed for all weather operations including night operations for A-320 type of aircraft.  The other airport infrastructure development includes Isolation Bay, New Technical Block-cum-Control Tower, Fire Station Category-VII, MT Workshop and essential Navigational & Visual Aids along with the New Terminal Building.

Jharsuguda will be the second airport of Odisha to become operational and provide necessary connectivity to Bhubaneswar, Raipur and Ranchi under UDAN. In Odisha, other than Jharsuguda, 3 more airports, namely, Jeypore in Koraput, Rourkela in Sundargarh and Utkela in Kalahandi are being developed. For revival and upgradation of these four airports within the State of Odisha, Rs. 370 crores has been allocated under this scheme.