Telangana

Production at RFCL by 2018-end likely

The Fertilizer Corporation of India (FCI) Ramagundam factory being revived now in Karimnagar district.

The Fertilizer Corporation of India (FCI) Ramagundam factory being revived now in Karimnagar district.   | Photo Credit: By arrangement

Authorities increase pace of revival, civil works begin

Revival of the Ramagundam Fertilizers and Chemicals Limited (RFCL), which was earlier run by Fertilizer Corporation of India (FCI), has gained pace with the authorities tentatively determined to start the production of fertilizers from December 2018.

The RFCL is being revived jointly by the National Fertilizers Limited (NFL) and Engineers India limited (EIL) at a cost of ₹ 5,600 crore. The NFL and EIL will have 26% shares each. The Fertilizer Corporation of India Limited share will be 11% and the Telangana State Government 11%. The remaining 26% shares have to be sold to some firms and the authorities have approached the Singareni Collieries Company Limited.

TS Govt. has 11% share

Ever since, the State Government had acquired 11% of the shares and released ₹ 72.21 crore recently to the RFCL authorities, the execution of work has intensified at the RFCL. Along with the civil work for construction of main plant base foundation, urea plant tower, ammonia and nitrogen tanks construction and water tanks, the authorities have accorded priority for the beautification of the FCI old township.

The authorities are renovating all old dilapidated buildings, quarters and guest houses to provide accommodation for the employees and officials to further intensify the project work. The contractors have taken up work to the tune of ₹ 700 crore by deploying more than 1,000 contract workers.

Though, the project was taken up in 2015, it was delayed due to various reasons. Initially, it was decided to take up the project at a cost of ₹ 4,694 crore. Due to delay, it had escalated to ₹ 5,600 crore. The project secured environmental clearance in 2015 after public hearing. However, the foundation was laid in 2016 by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Gajwel of erstwhile Medak district.

Water allocation

The State Government had assured it of allocation 0.55 tmcft of water for RFCL from Sripada Yellampalli Project and 40 MWs of power from Singareni Thermal Power Project from Jaipur in Mancherial district. On revival the unit will produce 2,200 tonnes of ammonia per day and 3,850 tonnes of urea.

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