Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, on Friday said the United Progressive
Alliance (UPA) Government at the Centre wants rapid development of Bundelkhand
region. Dr. Singh, who dedicated the world-class Bina Refinery in Madhya
Pradesh's Bundelkhand area to the nation, said that continuous drought like
situation in the region is a point of concern. The Prime Minister said the
Centre has announced a Bundelkhand package of more than 7000 crores in 2009 for
the development of the region.
"Madhya Pradesh would get 3760 crore rupees from it. The State and Central
governments should work together for the development of the region," said Dr.
Singh. Dr. Singh, who formally declared the refinery in Bina open today, said:
"I am happy that our refining capacity, which was 620 lakh tonnes in 1998, has
now become 1,870 lakh tonnes. By 2012, we are working toward enhancing this
capacity to 2,380 lakh tones."
Bharat-Oman Refinery, which is situated in Sagar district of Bundelkhand
region, is a company promoted by Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (BPCL)
with equity participation from Oman Oil Company Limited (OOCL). The refining
capacity of this company is six million metric ton per annum.
"This project is an example of cooperation in many areas between Oman and
India. I hope it will further strengthen the relationship between the two
countries," he said.