Mangaluru: Union Minister for Chemicals and Fertilisers Ananth Kumar said that a plastic and polymer park beside the Mangalore Refinery and Petrochemicals Limited will be set up by the Central government with an investment of Rs 1,000 crore within a year.
While addressing a programme organised to felicitate Dakshina Kannada Member of Parliament Nalin Kumar Kateel MP said the proposed park would provide employment to around 20,000 youths.
The programme was organised after Nalin Kumar Kateel, who was chosen as the No 1 parliamentarian from the State in a survey conducted by a Kannada daily.
The Centre had agreed to allow Mangalore Chemicals and Fertilisers (MCF), SPIC in Tuticorin, Tamil Nadu, and Madras Fertilisers Limited to run the firms with naphtha. The three companies produce 15.5 lakh MT out of 25.5 MT of urea, which is the total requirement of southern states for a year. Mangaluru is one among only four places in the country to get a plastic and polymer park. If the State government sanctions 150 acres of land at the earliest, the Centre will commence the work within two months, he said.
“A decision was taken to run MCF using gas in 2007 itself, but it has not been implemented yet. The government is also considering doubling the capacity of MCF,” Minister said.
The Minister urged Chief Minister Siddaramaiah to speak his Kerala counterpart Oommen Chandy to provide gas from the Kochi refinery to Mangalore Chemicals and Fertilisers. He also urged the State government to provide 500 acres to establish a fertiliser factory in North Karnataka.
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