KOCHI: Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd (BPCL) Kochi Refinery has sought the support of the state government in speeding up the ongoing project for laying an LPG pipeline from Kochi refinery to Salem in Tamil Nadu to bring down the LPG tanker movement through the roads and thereby enhance better road safety.
During a meeting with finance minister in , BPCL chairman & managing director D Rajkumar held discussions about the investments of the company in the state.

According to BPCL officials, the company is awaiting an environment clearance from the Centre for an investment of Rs 10,000 crore in the petrochemical sector, including setting up a polyol plant at Ambalamugal for Rs 9 crore.

Polyols are mainly used in flexible foam application, including furniture & bedding. An important end-product of polyol is foam, the usage of which is growing rapidly in the Indian market. Another use of polyol is in the automobile interiors and footwear.

A public hearing was held before seeking the environment clearance for setting up the plant after. About 170 acres have been identified for the project.

At the hearing, residents‘ associations had submitted that BPCL should adhere to all environmental norms and formation of a green belt in the area. They also demanded that authorities concerned should ensure smooth road traffic.

One of the suggestions put forward was four-laning of Pettah-Ambalamugal-Karimugal Road and Seaport-Airport Road.

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