Namrup, June 17: The long-standing demand for setting up a new fertilizer plant by the name of Namrup IV, considering the technical viability of BVFCL’s Namrup II and III plants, has hitherto remained in a stagnant position, pushing its employees along with future of Namrup into doldrums. Considering the obsolete technical viability of BVFCL II and III plants set up in 1976 and 1987 respectively, the then Union Minister of Chemicals and Fertilizers, Ram Vilas Paswan on June 26, 2004 declared that the BVFCL 4th plant would be set up at the earliest possible time. But after long proceedings and uncertainties, the Central government by the end of 2016 decided to implement the deemed project under joint venture, where the M/s OIL India, Government of Assam and BVFCL assured to share 26 per cent, 11 per cent and 11 per cent respectively and the remaining 52 per cent capital investment would be done by Rashtriya Chemicals and Fertilizer.
This has given a new hope that the setting up of Namrup IV would soon become a reality. But hitherto no practical progress can be seen by the authorities concerned regarding setting up of the Namrup IV.
Besides, a question has been raised regarding the continuation and survival of the existing Namrup II and Namrup III plant which are running with several breakdowns till the implementation of the Namrup IV.
Therefore, the Shramik unions of BVFCL along with other social organizations of Namrup, have urged upon the Centre to take immediate initiative for setting up Namrup IV plant to secure the future of Namrup. In this regard, the Namrup Fertilizer Shramik Union sent a memorandum to the Prime Minister and urged him to take immediate steps.