Wednesday, September 18, 2019
News

NTPC says ready to take up Jharkhands's Tilaiya mega power project

   SocialTwist Tell-a-Friend    Print this Page   COMMENT

New Delhi/Ranchi | Wednesday, 2015 7:06:04 PM IST
Even as Jharkhand Chief Secretary Rajiv Gauba on Wednesday said there were many suitors for the Tilaiya ultra mega power project, the state-run NTPC has staked claim to the 3,960-MW thermal electricity generation venture.

"We are more than willing to come on board," Arup Roy Choudhury, chairman and managing director of NTPC, said on the margins of a conference in New Delhi. "There is a new government. There is a total paradigm shift," Choudhury added.

The development comes a day after Reliance Power said it hhas ended the power purchase pact for the project at Tilaiya, citing delays in the handing over of land for the power station and the coal mines, as also in getting a site clearance from the Ministry of Environment and Forests.

"The required land is yet to be made available. Even the forest land in the power station area, for which the Stage-II Forest Clearance was accorded by the central government way back in November 2010, has not been handed over till now," the company said in a statement.

Reacting to the move, the Jharkhand chief secretary said he was surprised. Anew government is in place. We are doing everything to facilitate investors. The timing of the announcement has surprised us," he told reporters in Ranchi.

"We can't believe land was issue for the withdrawal of Reliance from the ultra mega power project. Reliance needed 2,500 acre of land. We have already transferred 478 acres," the chief secretary said.

"Reliance, in the last meeting with the energy secretary, had raised the power tariff issue. It seems the project was not feasible for Reliance. This may be the reason of the withdrawal," he added.

But Reliance Power said it had pursued in vain with the state government for some five-and-half years and held more than 25 review meetings. But there was no movement forward. It said that, based on the present estimates, the project cannot be completed before 2023-24.

Even the NTPC chairman admitted to some irritants but was hopeful. "Earlier there were problems and even NTPC faced it. But going forward, these issues will be resolved," Choudhury said at the event of All India Management Association.

He said the state-run company has already evinced interest in the Patratu project in Jharkhand, which was under a lot of stress. "We see a new Jharkhand government and new hief minister who is very proactive," Choudhury said, referring to new state government under Raghubar Das.

The chief secretary said all the deputy commissioners of all the districts and other officials had already been asked to be clear in mindset so as to facilitate land acquisition and the other needs of investors.

"Around 10,000 MW of power plants of both private and public sector are in the pipeline. We are committed to fast-track the process of land acquisition and remove other bottlenecks like forest clearance to facilitate the investors."

"We're here to make the investment process easy."

--Indo-Asian News Service ns/ap/dg

( 507 Words)

2015-04-29-18:43:06 (IANS)

 
  LATEST COMMENTS (0)
POST YOUR COMMENT
Comments Not Available
 
POST YOUR COMMENT
 
 
TRENDING TOPICS
 
 
CITY NEWS
MORE CITIES
 
 
 
MORE BUSINESS NEWS
Assam FM Sarma for uniform GST rate on l...
Bhubaneswar airport to remain partially ...
CG Power scam: SEBI bars Gautam Thapar f...
Odisha's revenue collection up by 7% til...
'Delhi's Entrepreneurship Curriculum to ...
Groups trying to mislead on e-cigarette ...
More...
 
INDIA WORLD ASIA
Most of the states support new motor veh...
Congress member accused of charging Rs 5...
Five inmates escape Juvenile Detention C...
Athawale adamant on 10 seats for Maharas...
Delhi govt to give Rs 1 cr each to famil...
SC: Shebait cannot usurp temple property...
More...    
 
 Top Stories
Bhubaneswar airport to remain parti... 
CG Power scam: SEBI bars Gautam Tha... 
Sunny Deol: The unit became a famil... 
Odisha's revenue collection up by 7... 
'Delhi's Entrepreneurship Curriculu... 
Groups trying to mislead on e-cigar... 
CDE to sell Tech Park to Blackstone... 
JGU bags 'Institution of Eminence' ...