The obstruction in setting up refinery in Barmer has been cleared as the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) has approved the realignment plan of NH 112.
The plan was submitted recently by the state government to realign the stretch of 15 kilometres which was coming in the way of the proposed land for setting up the refinery.
Under this plan now, the NH 112 which passes through Pachpadra will be realigned in such a way that it does not intersect the refinery land and just passes through it without disturbing it.
Giving information petroleum secretary Sudhansh Pant, while confirming the development said, the work to realign this patch will begin in coming months. “The realignment proposal has been accepted by the NHAI and the work will start in November,” he told dna.
Officials informed that soon the NHAI will float tenders and thereafter the work will begin and the realignment will take more than a year.
“The work to realign the highway will start by November and we expect that it will be completed in 18 months,” said an official.
The solution to this problem has given the government major relief after concerns were raised over choosing this land in spite the highway passing through it.
Notably there are norms, according to which, the processing unit of the refinery cannot be placed within half a kilometre area of the road and with the highway coming in the way of the land it was feared that petrochemical complex cannot be constructed.
According to sources, this stretch of highway is not used much and sees very little traffic but the decision to realign has been taken because of these norms.