The Honorable Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, inaugurates the groundbreaking ceremony for a cutting-edge Common User Facility (CUF) POL Terminal on the outskirts of Jammu city.

Spearheaded by Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (BPCL) and other collaborating entities, this project aims to tackle the pressing challenges posed by the limited space of existing depots of PSU OMCs in the region.

Scheduled for completion by March 31, 2025, the proposed CUF POL Terminal, nestled in the villages of Pargalta and Kanna Chhargal near Bajalta railway station, occupies a vast expanse of 115.41 acres. With an estimated total capital outlay of ₹ 676 Crore, encompassing land acquisition costs, the terminal is poised to revolutionise the storage and distribution of petroleum products in the region.

Designed as a state-of-the-art facility, the CUF POL Terminal boasts a fully automated depot boasting a storage capacity of 100,000 KL. It is engineered to house a diverse array of petroleum products, including MS, HSD, SKO, ATF, Ethanol, Biodiesel, and winter-grade HSD. Equipped with cutting-edge amenities such as an administrative block, control room, and sub-station, the terminal adheres to the latest safety standards and is fortified with top-notch fire-fighting facilities. Furthermore, it will feature TLF Gantries to facilitate the efficient distribution of petroleum products to Retail Outlets and consumers across major districts of J&K, Ladakh, Srinagar, Kargil, and Leh.

The project is expected to catalyse significant direct and indirect employment opportunities, thereby bolstering the economic landscape of the local community. During the construction phase alone, it is anticipated to generate approximately five lakh man-days of employment, offering a substantial impetus to the region’s workforce. Post-commissioning, the facility will directly employ 100 individuals, with an additional 1500 persons benefiting from indirect employment opportunities on a daily basis, spanning support services, subcontractors, and ancillary businesses crucial to the facility’s operations.

Beyond its employment-generating potential, the CUF POL Terminal is poised to alleviate congestion in Jammu city and curtail road movement, resulting in an estimated reduction of approximately 500 lorries per month. Furthermore, it promises to significantly streamline the supply chain to Leh, Kargil, and Srinagar, thereby enhancing the overall Health, Safety, Security, and Environment (HSSE) quotient and curbing CO2 emissions by approximately 2.4 million kilograms annually.

The primary bulk product supplies to the proposed CUF POL Terminal will be sourced from BPC (Piyala/Bina via tank wagons), IOC (Panipat through a proposed pipeline extension to Jammu via tank wagons), and HPC (HMEL, Bathinda via tank wagons).

In essence, the Jammu CUF POL Terminal stands as a beacon of progress, seamlessly intertwining modernisation, employment generation, and environmental stewardship. Its fruition will signify a monumental leap towards ensuring a secure and efficient supply chain for petroleum products in the strategically vital Union Territories of J&K and Ladakh.

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