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BPCL to boost infrastructure in J&K

BPCL to boost infrastructure in J&K

The Honourable Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, laid the foundation stone for a state-of-the-art Common User Facility (CUF) POL Terminal on the outskirts of Jammu.

Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (BPCL) and other participating companies are spearheading the programme. Its goal is to address the major issues brought on by the current, cramped depots of the PSU OMCs in the region.

The projected CUF POL Terminal, which is located near the Bajalta railway station in the villages of Pargalta and Kanna Chhargal, is expected to be completed by March 31, 2025. It occupies a total of 115.41 acres of land. For the Jammu CUF POL Terminal, the estimated total capital expenditure, including land acquisition, is ₹ 676 crore.

This state-of-the-art structure is intended to house a 100,000 KL fully automated depot. Many petroleum products, such as MS, HSD, SKO, ATF, ethanol, biodiesel, and winter-grade HSD, will be stored there. The terminal will have a sub-station, control room, and administrative block in addition to the most recent firefighting and safety features. Additionally, TLF gantries would be constructed to effectively transport petroleum products to consumers and retail outlets in the main districts of J&K, Ladakh, Srinagar, Kargil, and Leh.

The project has the potential to create a significant number of jobs, both direct and indirect, which will boost the local economy. During the construction phase, it is projected to provide about five lakh man-days of employment, which will significantly improve the area.

Following commissioning, the plant is anticipated to directly employ one hundred people. Significant indirect employment possibilities are also expected to be created by the project, totaling about 1500 people every day. These responsibilities go beyond the actual site and include ancillary companies, support services, and subcontractors that help the facility run smoothly. 

In addition to creating jobs, the project is anticipated to shorten lead times for supplies to Leh, Kargil, and Srinagar, minimise road traffic (about 500 lorries per month), and ease congestion in Jammu city. The total Health, Safety, Security, and Environment (HSSE) quotient will be greatly improved by this, which will result in an annual decrease of about 2.4 million kilogrammes of CO2 emissions.

Tank waggons from BPC (Piyala/Bina), IOC (Panipat via a proposed pipeline extension to Jammu via tank waggons), and HPC (HMEL, Bathinda via tank waggons) will be the main suppliers of bulk products to the proposed CUF POL Terminal.

The Jammu CUF POL Terminal, which combines modernisation, job creation, and environmental stewardship, will be a symbol of development. The accomplishment of this project will be a significant step towards guaranteeing a safe and effective petroleum product supply chain in the strategically significant Union Territories of J&K and Ladakh.

For more info visit: https://www.bharatpetroleum.in/

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