Arunachal urges OIL to resume oil operation

Itanagar, Feb 3 (IANS) The Arunachal Pradesh government on Friday asked the public sector Oil India Ltd (OIL) to resume oil operation in the state besides exploring areas from where oil and natural gas can be extracted.

“The operation of oil extraction and setting up of oil and natural gas plant in the state would lead to more business activities which would add to the economy of the people,” said Deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mein.

“It will help in setting up of more industries as power will be generated from the oil and natural gas plant which in turn will provide employment opportunities to the unemployed youths of the state,” he said.

The Deputy Chief Minister promised the OIL officials to take up the issues pertaining to Ningru Extension Petroleum Mining Lease (PML) in Changlang and Namsai districts with the Chief Minister as the forest clearance of the projects which is a requisite for the re-grant of PML to OIL is pending with the Union Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change.

On the proposed setting up of 10 MW Natural Gas Plant at Kumchai under Diyun Circle of Changlang district, Mein asked the officials to expedite the formalities for setting up the plant.

He also asked the OIL officials to take up social welfare activities for the people of the area under the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programme.