PRIME Minister Narendra Modi has laid foundation stone for a Rs 130 billion-project to revive the Talcher fertiliser plant in Odisha’s Angul district expressing confidence that it will begin production in the stipulated 36 months .The fertiliser plant will for the first time see coal being converted into gas for use as a feedstock and for producing neem-coated urea.”They have told me production will start in 36 months. I assure you that I will come again after 36 months here to inaugurate this project,” Modi said in the presence of State Chief Minister Navin Patnaik, Union Petroleum Dharmendra Pradhan and others a function organised to commence work on the long delayed project. The project will help cut import of natural gas and fertiliser and make India self-reliant “Our aim is to take India to new heights of growth.”Projects like the fertiliser plant here are central to India’s growth story, the prime minister said. “This plant will use latest technology as well.”The beginning of work on the plant would fulfil the dreams that should have been fulfilled long ago; Modi said. The project will produce 1.27 million tonnes of neem-coated urea — a crop nutrient — and would use coal-gasification technology to produce feedstock for the plant. State owned power giant NTPC has approved an investment of Rs 97.85 billion for the 1,320 MW Stage-III expansion of its Talcher thermal power plant .The Talcher plant is stated to be one of the oldest and top performing power stations in the country. The 1,320 MW expansion program is a Brownfield project. The plant has four units of 60 MW and two units of 110 MW. The existing capacity is operational.”The NTPC has approved the 2×660 MW – Stage III expansion of Talcher Thermal Power Station at an investment of Rs 97.85 billion. The company has a multi-pronged growth strategy, including capacity addition through Greenfield projects, expansion of existing stations, joint ventures and acquisition of stressed assets. PM Modi said this black diamond available here is not only a new technology for use of coal gasification. The urea is required to bring out the gas from outside the country, It will also be saved .This is also a great opportunity for the youth of this region. Nearly four thousand and five hundred will join this project and because it’s surrounding are also developing a range of mechanisms to benefit people, he said. The Prime Minister l then travelled to Jharsuguda where he inaugurated the Jharsuguda airport. This airport will l bring western Odisha on the aviation map of India, and facilitate regional air connectivity through the UDAN scheme.He also dedicated the Garjanbahal coal mines, and the Jharsuguda-Barapali-Sardega rail link to the nation. He unveiled a plaque to mark the commencement of coal production and transportation from Dulanga coal mines.