Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu is scheduled to visit Balangir district of Odisha today to inaugurate an LPG bottling plant of Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited and to attend the platinum jubilee function of Rajendra College in Balangir.
The bottling plant has been established at an expenditure of 103 crore rupees and has capacity of manufacturing 42 lakh cylinders annually. The bottling plant will benefit residents of 14 western Odisha districts. BPCL has 21 lakh, 59 thousand customers, in Odisha who consume approximately 78 lakh cylinders in a year. It said that the consumption is expected to increase to 105 lakh cylinders by the end of 2020.
LPG consumers in Odisha have grown up from 20 lakh 22 thousand in 2014 to 88 lakh 1 thousand in 2019, which is an increase of customer base by 335.71 percent during the five year period. The State will soon have seven LPG bottling plants with two more plants coming up at Bhubaneswar and Rayagada. While the current bottling capacity of the existing four plants is 2 crore 80 lakh cylinders per annum, the bottling capacity will increase to 4 crore 6 lakh cylinders annually once all seven plants start production.
Governor Prof. Ganeshi Lal, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan will also attend the BPCL function. The Vice President is also scheduled to attend the platinum jubilee function of Rajendra College in Balangir after dedicating the gas bottling plant to the nation.