Union Fertilisers and Chemicals Minister DV Sadananda Gowda on Thursday announced that the fertiliser factory in Gorakhpur will become operational from June 30 instead of the targeted July-end.
He credited the Yogi Adityanath government for taking due interest in timely completion of the factory despite being affected by the coronavirus pandemic for a year.
Gowda was speaking to reporters after inspecting the fertiliser factory of Hindustan Fertilizer and Chemicals Limited (HURL) along with Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath in Gorakhpur. He said that 98 per cent work of this fertiliser factory had already been completed.
The Union minister said that this factory was a dream of Yogi Adityanath as an MP and now it was going to be fulfilled.
Gowda said that earlier the country had to import 80- 90 lakh metric tons of fertiliser. He said with Prime Minister Narendra Modi's vision of self-reliance, new plants were being set up at five places, including Gorakhpur, to end dependence on imports. He added that these plants would ensure production of 62 lakh metric tons of fertiliser.
"With the start of the fertiliser factory in Gorakhpur, the farmers of Uttar Pradesh, Bihar will get urea fertiliser on time and at a reasonable price. PM Modi's foresight saw 60 per cent increase in the sale of fertilisers despite the Covid pandemic," he said.
The Union minister said that on the initiative of Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, a plastic park would soon be set up in Gorakhpur and it would create a large number of jobs.