As per Prime Minister’s instructions, steps for immediate revival of the Fertilizers And Chemicals Travancore Limited (FACT) have been initiated. The Minister for Chemicals and Fertilizers Ananth Kumar and the Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan held a meeting with Members of Parliament from all the parties from Kerala in the Parliament House to discuss all related issues.
The Members of the Parliament said that it is the first time in the last five years that such an initiative had been taken in a quick and positive manner for revival of the FACT. Kerala MPs had met the Prime Minister last week and requested him to look into the issue. Narendra Modi had thereafter instructed both the Ministers to take quick actions as required for revival of the unit.
Kumar also requested all the members to work for providing the right of way for laying the gas pipe line from Petronet facility at Kochi up to Mangalore for an uninterrupted supply of gas to this fertilizer unit and also for the development of various other downstream industries alongside the pipeline. He also pleaded with members to impress upon the Government of Kerala to allow unhindered usage of over 1000 acres of free hold land with FACT for development of other industries including a power plant in the region. The Petroleum Minister suggested that the Heads of GAIL and FACT should immediately meet to discuss issues of pricing and other related issues for the gas to be supplied to the FACT.
Members of Parliament from Kerala, including the Deputy Chairperson of Rajya Sabha P.J. Kurien, said to the Government to work towards providing gas or feed-stock at a cheaper price to the FACT. They also pleaded for adequate financial settlement for the revival of this plant.