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Move to resume work at Gas Cracker site
Ron Duarah
 DIBRUGARH, Feb 17 – Brahmaputra Cracker & Polymer Limited (BCPL), the owners of the Assam Gas Cracker Project, will try to convince the prime contractors to resume full scale works at the project site on Friday. Those who would be interacting with the contractors include Union Chemical Secretary M Raman, BCPL chairman B C Tripathi, the director (projects) of Engineers India Limited (EIL), Dipak Mudgil, the newly appointed chief operating officer of BCPL, Prabhu Nath Prasad and the newly appointed resident construction manager of EIL at BCPL, T K Sen.

As has been mentioned widely in the media, work at the gas cracker site has run into severe rough weather following disputes relating to contractors’ bills, worker unrest and bungling of affairs by the outgoing managing director of BCPL, J K Singh Teotia. Teotia has resigned from his post, and has left a trail of pandemonium at the Rs 5,460 crore project. His severe differences even led to the quitting of their posts by a few EIL engineers, including the earlier resident construction manager, S K Tandon.

While neither Raman or Tripathi are talking to the media, given the mess that the gas cracker project has been into, an effort is on to revive normalcy and resume accelerated construction activity. This newspaper has been informed late this evening that both Raman and Tripathi have rushed to the city with an open mind and “a resolve to settle all issues”.

When contacted, the newly appointed COO of BCPL said he is optimistic that all genuine grievances will be sorted out with all concerned parties. He said he is in close contact with the state government and the Dibrugarh administration in an effort to seek the cooperation of all concerned and civil society in general to help the project get commissioned as early as possible.

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