One of two oil depots within capital limits is likely to be shut for good in the next two months when Indian Oil Corporation’s (IOCL) recently inaugurated smart terminal at Khunti becomes operational, the news sure to be welcomed by residents of Namkum, especially students of Bishop Westcott School which was perilously close to the 2,500 kilo litre facility.
According to a senior IOCL official, the shut down would take another one or two months by which time the Khunti depot would be fully operational.
“Our new smart terminal in Khunti has already started receiving product (fuel) via pipelines. It is being stored and tested for quality and quantity there. But we haven’t begun dispatching stocks across the state as yet,” he said, adding that as of now, fuel was being dispatched to two-three pumps in Khunti as a test run.
Located at one of the entry points to Ranchi on NH-33, the Namkum depot is near Bishop Westcott School and is connected by a rail line. This depot, along with another one run by Bharat Petroleum Corporation (BPCL) at Chutia 8km away, are the two petroleum storage facilities that are in the capital and cause for serious concern of residents. Read More…