Mangalore, Feb 9: Dr.M.Veerappa Moily, Union Minister of petroleum and Natural gas inaugurated India’s first transport hub at the Mangalore LPG Import Facility of Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited (HPCL) on February 8, 2014.
Speaking on the occasion, he said that Government of India has initiated the construction of 5 million metric tons (MMT) strategic crude oil storages at three locations namely, Visakhapatnam, Mangalore and Padur near Udupi to ensure energy security.
He also said that when the work of cavern completed in Mangalore, Padoor site has achieved 75 percent progress. The underground cavern in Mangalore has been built at a cost of Rs 1,263 crore. While the in Padoor is being constructed at a cost of Rs 1,693 crore. This would serve the crude reserves not only for India, but also for other countries in Asia.
The facilities provided in the transport hub are a parking area that can accommodate 60TTs to park overnight, canteen to cater to the needs of 300 drivers and helpers, Drinking water facility, Sulabh shouchalya and crew resting sheds, Medical room with a doctor for the health check up, library, A meditation/yoga centre.
Minister for Youth services department& fisheries Abhayachandra Jain, minister of health&famliy welfare U.T.Khader, MLA Moideen Bava, Bee Fathima ,President ,Bala Gram Panchayath, Tejomaya, DGM-Retail, HPCL, South Central Zone , Saikumar Suri, DGM-LPG,HPCL, South Zone ,Kanuru Srinivas, Chief Manager, MLIF-HPCL,Ambabhavani Kumar were present.