NTPC plant clearance: Odisha puts ball back in Centre’s court


NTPC plant clearance: Odisha puts ball back in Centre’s court

A day after Union minister Dharmendra Pradhan accused Odisha of delaying NTPC’s proposed power plant in Talcher, the state government has hit back with a counter charge — that the central government is pushing the state, and its consumers, to pay high cost for power.

“The tariff of power intimated by NTPCNSE 0.15 % for the first year of operations is in the range of Rs 3.40 per unit, which is much higher than the Rs 2.70 per unit , which is much higher than the Rs 2.70 per unit indicated in the review meeting held by the chief secretary on July 28, 2018,” state power minister Susanta Singh pointed out in a letter to RK Singh, the central minister of state for power, new and renewable energy, on Wednesday.

On Tuesday, Pradhan, minister of petroleum and natural gas, had written to Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, suggesting that the state government was sitting over an important approval to NTPC’s Rs 9,785 crore brownfield plant.

BJP members raised the 15-month delay from the state’s high-level clearance authority in the Assembly on the eve of Patnaik’s investors’ meet in the New Delhi.  Read More

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