Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje today demanded a rail line connecting Barmer to Kandla port for transportation of petrol, diesel and other petro products.
Speaking on the sidelines of the inking of an MoU of Rs 43,129 crore by the state with Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Ltd (HPCL) for an oil refinery in Barmer district, she emphasised that the rail line will open further business avenues for the refinery and people of the state.
"The rail line will also be helpful in meeting water requirement of the desert state," she said.
Raje urged the Union Minister for Petroleum, Dharmendra Pradhan to take up the issue with Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu.
The BJP leader also expressed interest in starting courses at Industrial Training Institutes (ITIs) of the state to meet the skilled manpower requirement of the upcoming refinery project in Barmer.
"We want our people to get jobs at the refinery. The proposed project will open job avenues in the sector and ITIs can churn out the talent," she added.
The state government will have 26 per cent stake in the refinery project while HPCL will have the rest shareholding.
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