IOC set to build bridge to safeguard proposed pipeline

Vol 8, PW 15 (20 Oct 04) News in Brief

Indian Oil appears ready to do anything to ensure the construction of a proposed crude pipeline from Paradip in Orissa to the port of Haldia in West Bengal.

First it agreed to help Haldia Development Authority (HDA) with a proposed chemical park, now it has agreed to help with the construction of a bridge across the Haldia River. On 10th September HDA chairman Lakshman Seth wrote to IOC chief MS Ramachandran requesting financial assistance to build a bridge over the Haldia River connecting Haldia Township to Nandigram.

This is blackmail, said an oil ministry official. IOC should not give in to this.

But IOC thinks otherwise. We are here to do business, not stand on high moral grounds.

The pipeline is extremely important for us. Our refineries at Haldia and Barauni will be unviable without it.

On 8th October, IOCs director pipelines AM Uplenchwar replied to Seth asking for details of the proposed bridge.