Orissa proposes JV with NTPC for power plant
In spite of the recommendation of the empowered committee,
the Orissa government is yet to clear NTPC Ltd's proposed 3,200-mw Darlipalli
integrated thermal power project in Sundergarh district. Instead, the state
government has offered to form a JV with NTPC to set up a 2,000-mw thermal power
plant in the state.
At a meeting held in February this year, the committee recommended the project
to the state government for clearance and constituted a task force headed by the
state additional chief secretary to hold discussions with NTPC. During the
discussions, however, the two sides could not reach an agreement for setting up
the Darlipalli power plant. The state government then proposed setting up a JVC
to implement another power project of 2,000 mw in the state. NTPC is currently
mulling over the new proposal.
Meanwhile, the Darlipalli power project has been put on hold. The Orissa
government has cancelled water supply earmarked for the project and reserved it
for the proposed ultra mega power project in the district. The government had
given clearance, in principle, for land and water in November 2005 and June
2006, respectively. NTPC has already carried out various site specific studies
and investigations, and has initiated the preparation of feasibility report.
The project is expected to be commissioned during the early part of the 12th
[August 11-17, 2008]