CCI to take up NTPC's plant relocation, linkage issue next week
New Delhi: The Cabinet Committee on Investment may not only take up the issue of relocation of NTPC's North Karapura Power Project, but is also likely to take a call on providing originally agreed linkages to the proposed power plant in Jharkhand, in a meeting likely next week.
"The approval of Cabinet Committee on Investment (CCI) may be sought for relocation of North Karanpura Super Thermal Power plant in Jharkhand, in a meeting likely on February 20," a source close to the development said.
Besides, restoration of originally agreed coal linkage to set up the power plant by NTPC in the state will also be sought during the meeting, the source added.
NTPC is setting up 1980-MW power plant in the vicinity of Tandwa town in the Chatra district of Jharkhand, which is the first project of NTPC in the state.
Ministry of Coal withdrew the coal linkages in 2008 and raised issue of relocation of the project.
Group of Minister (GoM) on coal constituted a sub-committee in September 2011 under the chairmanship of member Planning Commission B K Chaturvedi to look into the issue.
"NTPC requires the restoration of original coal linkage to set up the power plant. The proposal is for restoration of coal linkage for setting up of North Karanpura Super Thermal Power Project (NKSTPP) by NTPC in Jharkhand at the proposed site with safeguards as per recommendation of Chaturvedi Committee and accepted by GoM," the note by power ministry said.
In its note, the Coal Ministry has, however, demanded relocation of the power plant and said: "NTPC has formulated a plan to set up a Super Thermal Power Plant...On the highly potential coal bearing areas of North Karanpura a coalfield in...Jharkhand.
"However, the proposed site for the plant blocks six billion tonnes of coal reserves, besides creating a threat..And posing safety concerns. Ministry of Coal has therefore proposed an alternative site for setting up of the power plant," it said.
Approval of Cabinet is sought for relocation of the site of proposed plant at North Karanpura to alternative site, the Coal Ministry note said, adding that "area near Kanhakala village 15 km North East of Chatra in Chatra district in Jharkhand is suggested."