Odisha government has been asked by the Union Power Minister M Veerappa Moily to provide the land required for the planned 4,000-mw power project by NTPC at Darlipalli in the state's Bolangir dstrict. Moily has written to the Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik seeking his immediate intervention to rescue the power project by making the land required.
The project was planned after the Odisha government offered to provide land. The project envisages a capacity of 1,600 mw in the first phase. This is planned to be ramped up to 4,000 mw, or the size of the Centre's showcase generation projects that are also known as UMPP (ultra-mega power projects) that can cost about Rs 20,000 crore on an average.
Moily, in his letter, reminds Patnaik the State government's promise on the land issue. He also points out a string of separate meetings his predecessor Sushil Kumar Shinde and power secretary P Uma Shankar have had with the CM and senior State government functionaries, respectively.
Referring to an April 7 meeting between Shinde and Patnaik, Moily points out that it was decided that land for Darlipalli project would be immediately made available to NTPC... (but) we are yet to receive response from the Government of Odisha on the above and even after five months, the land has not been made available yet, Moily stated.
The delay in handing over of land, Moily subtly suggests, will have adverse financial impact on the project since based on the State government's assurances NTPC proceeded with placing orders for equipment for the venture.