Place in news: Namrup
Part of: GS Prelims and GS-III – Energy Resources; Infrastructure
- Union Minister for Chemicals & Fertilizers recently chaired a meeting on upcoming 12.7 lakh MMTPA capacity urea plant at Namrup.
- The Namrup-IV unit is important for ensuring local development and creating job opportunities.
Important value additions
- Namrup is a small town situated close to the foothills of the great Patkai Mountain Range (Purvanchal Range connecting to Myanmar) in the extreme south-eastern part of Assam.
- The river Dihing or Disang flows through it.
- Namrup today is an important industrial town of Assam.
- Namrup is the first place in India where a natural gas based fertilizer factory was established – It made use of natural gas, water (in the form of steam) and Nitrogen (from air) to produce urea.
Patkai Mountain Range
- The Pat-kai or Patkai Bum are the hills on India’s north-eastern border with Burma or Myanmar.
- They were created by the same tectonic processes that created the Himalayas in the Mesozoic.
- The Patkai hill range are not as rugged as the Himalayas and the peaks are much lower.
- Features of the range include conical peaks, steep slopes and deep valleys.
- Three mountain ranges come under the Patkai.
- The Patkai-Bum, the Garo-Khasi-Jaintia, and the Lushai Hills – highest point Phawngpui Tlang, also known as ‘Blue Mountain’.