Pardeep Singh Bali
The Jammu and Kashmir government is mulling to shift oil depots from Channi Himmat to Sidhra, wherein over 800 kanals of land has been identified. Meanwhile, the Union Petroleum Minister-Dharmendra Pradhan is expected to visit Jammu for inauguration of construction work at new site.
According to official sources, the entire cost of the project is to be borne by the central government and the proposed shift is called owing to expansion of residential houses in the vicinity.
“This is a multi crore project of shifting oil depots from Channi to Sidhra, wherein 800 kanals of land has been identified and within months, the process to set up proper infrastructure will be inaugurated by the Union Petroleum Minister,” said official sources, adding the land was earlier identified at Samba.
“Earlier, the land for the shifting of oil depot was identified at Samba, but due to intermittent cross border firing and being near to borders, the plan was dropped,” said sources, adding that the land in Samba was identified at the cost of Rs 25 crore, but due to close firing range, it was shifted to Sidhra.
Sources further said that the present location is now covered by residential houses, so keeping in security measures in mind the shift has been proposed.
Talking to Newspoint, Director CAPD- GS Chib confirmed the reports and said that owing to expansion of the residential areas, it is not possible to operate oil depots from within the center, so the government has decided to take it in peripheries. “This entire project is being sponsored by the centre. The land located for the setting up of this oil depot was done after proper survey, keeping in mind future prospects as well,” Chib said and added earlier, land was identified in Samba, but owing to close to borders, the plan was dropped. “We don’t want to take any risk that is why we are shifting oil depot from center to periphery. Setting up of this oil depot in Samba would be risky, as the area is along the borders, besides there is a firing range and intermittent ceasefire violations from the other side, therefore, it was decided not to shift depot to Samba,” Director said and added the union petroleum minister is expected to visit the state for the inauguration of this project.
Pardeep Singh Bali