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Modi to dedicate Palatana unit today
Correspondent
 AGARTALA, Nov 30 – Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is on a three-day visit to the North East, would dedicate the second unit of Palatana plant in the presence of Bangladesh Power Minister Tawfique-e-Elahi Choudhury on Monday.

Modi is scheduled to land at the Agartala airport at 1.30 pm and head for the Palatana plant site, some 56 kms from the capital town to inaugurate the second unit of the project.

Despite the State Government’s hectic persuasion, the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) has cancelled a meeting between the Prime Minister and Council of Ministers at the Civil Secretariat due to time constraint.

However, the Government plans to submit its wish-list before the Prime Minister either at the Palatana plant or at the airport, said a senior official of the State administration here.

Setting up of a fertilizer manufacturing factory in Tripura’s Unakoti district in the form of joint venture with the ONGC will be on the wish-list. “We will certainly push the plan for the fertilizer-manufacturing factory, which is losing its ground with the passage of time. The Government wants to have a fertilizer factory here to ensure optimum utilisation of natural gas”, said a State Government official.

Asserting that the Government is aiming to make the State an educational hub, Sarkar said, “Establishing of IIT, IIM and Agricultural University will also find place in the wish-list. If such institutions come up here, students from outside the State will also get to study in these educational bodies”, he said.

A five-member delegation of Bangladesh headed by the Adviser to the Prime Minister of Bangladesh, Sheikh Hasina Wazed, Minister of Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Tawfique-e-Elahi Choudhury, arrived here to attend the function.

The team includes Minister of State for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources, Nasrul Hamid, Joint Secretary Selim Abed and Joint Secretary Md. Alauddin. Advisor Tawfique’s spouse Asma Tawfique would be travelling along with the team.

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