MPSEB to expand Amarkantak TPP
By A Business Correspondent
The Madhya Pradesh State Electricity Board is taking measures to increase the generating capacity in the state. This is because the state has become power deficit ever since Chhattisgarh was carved out of it. Besides the various hydel projects it is undertaking, MPSEB has announced the expansion of the Amarkantak Thermal Power Plant. The 210-mw fifth unit of the plant will come up by 2006-07 at an estimated cost of Rs 800 crore. Currently, there are two units each with two power houses having functioning capacity of 50 mw and 240 mw.
Unit 5 will use the waters from the Sone river for which the SEB has received the NoC from the Central water resources department. The Airports Authority of India has also given its sanction for a 220-metre high chimney. It is left to the state government to provide the administrative go-ahead.
MPSEB has roped in the Power Finance Corporation and other FI for providing financial assistance.