Cabinet approves sale of Fertilizers and Chemicals Travancore land to Govt. of Kerala

According to the deal, 150 acres of land at the rate of Rs1cr per acre (in lieu, Govt. of Kerala agreed to give free-hold right over 143.22 acres of land to FACT); and remaining 331.79 acres at Rs2.4758cr per acre as assessed by the District Collector of Ernakulam

Jul 25, 2019 03:07 IST India Infoline News Service

Fertilizers and Chemicals Travancore
The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved the sale of 481.79 acres of land held by the Fertilizers and Chemicals Travancore Ltd. (FACT) to the Government of Kerala.

According to the deal, 150 acres of land at the rate of Rs1cr per acre (in lieu, Govt. of Kerala agreed to give free-hold right over 143.22 acres of land to FACT); and remaining 331.79 acres at Rs2.4758cr per acre as assessed by the District Collector of Ernakulam

Further, utilization of the sale proceeds by FACT to address the working capital deficiency, improvement of balance sheet and enabling the company to enhance physical and financial performance by implementing capacity expansion projects for sustainable growth of the company.

This approval will help FACT to reduce the bank borrowings and to implement projects for enhancing fertilizer production capacity and upgrading logistics / raw material handling facilities.

The revival of FACT will create opportunities for expansion and diversification of the company and this, in turn, will help to generate more jobs, both directly and indirectly. The net effect of this will be a boost to the economy of the State of Kerala and improving fertilizer availability to South India. Reduction of dependence on import of fertilizers and chemicals will facilitate resultant savings in foreign exchange to the country and also improve fertilizers and food security. Through the inclusion of fixed timelines for monitoring the implementation of the sale of land, the accountability of the management in achieving performance after the sale of land will be ensured. The unit has already switched over to cleaner LNG as feedstock and fuel, which will improve its energy efficiency and environmental friendliness.

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