Full Realisation of PCPIR Developments in India will Create Employment Opportunities for 33.96 lakh persons: Shri Rao Inderjit Singh
In a written reply to a question posed in Lok Sabha, Minister of State for Planning (IC) and Chemicals & Fertilizers, Shri Rao Inderjit Singh shed light on the status of implementation of Petroleum, Chemical and Petrochemical Investment Regions (PCPIRs) projects in India. He informed, according to Detailed Project Reports (DP`), the projected investment on full realization of PCPIRs is 7.63 lakh crore and employment generation (both direct and indirect) is expected for around 33.96 lakh persons.

As per the policy resolution, a PCPIR is a specifically delineated investment region with an area of around 250 square kilometres. With four PCPIRs in the nation namely - Dahej (Gujarat), Vishakhapatnam–Kakinada (Andhra Pradesh), Paradeep (Odisha) and Cuddalore and Nagapattinam (Tamil Nadu), Singh provided project implementation status detail for each of these projects. Dahej PCPIR: The state of Gujarat committed to investing 85,928 crore for setting up of PCPIR at Dahej with development plan sanctioned and environment regulatory approvals received last year. The anchor tenant project i.e. ONGC Petro additions Limited (OPaL)'s cracker stands commissioned in March 2017. It will create employment opportunities for 1.32 lakh persons.

Andhra Pradesh PCPIR: 43,744 crore has been invested by the Andhra Pradesh government in setting up of this PCPIR. While the draft master plan and environmental impact assessment study stands completed, on full-project completion it will create employment for 1.11 lakh persons.

Paradeep PCPIR: Actual investment made in the Paradeep project is 45,000 crore with an employment opportunity for 38,000 persons. The draft master plan and environmental impact assessment stands completed. The anchor project at the PCPIR i.e. Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IOCL)'s refinery stands commissioned in February 2016.

Tamil Nadu PCPIR: District level notification has been issued by the Government on Tamil Nadu PCPIR notifying the delineated PCPIR area in the Cuddalore and Nagapattinam Districts as a Local Planning Area, under Tamil Nadu Town and Country Planning Act 1971. The project stands at an investment of 8100 crore and actual employment for 13,950 persons is generated.

Singh also explained the role of central and state governments in implementation of the PCPIR projects during addressal.