Bhubaneswar: Optimistic of completing land acquisition process for its proposed mega power plant at Odisha's Darlipali in Sundergarh district by December, the NTPC Thursday set a target of beginning construction work for the project from January 2013.
"We have assured the state government to start construction work of the the proposed project at Darlipali within one month of getting land. The Chief Minister has assured us to hand over the required land by December 10. The dispute over 35 acre of forest land has already been cleared by the state government," NTPC's CMD Arup Roy Choudhury told reporters after meeting Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik here.
Stating that NTPC would invest Rs 12,000 crore for establishment of a 1600 (2x 800) MW thermal power plant at Darlipali, Roy Choudhury said that 1600 acre of land was required for the proposed project.
"The project will be completed within four years from the date of commencement," the NTPC CMD said adding that the state government would be allocated 50 percent of electricity to be generated from Darlipali thermal power plant.
The proposed project had already got coal linkage and water linkage, sources said.
Odisha Energy secretary P K Jena said "the collector of Sundergarh district has already solved certain land related problems through negotiation with the local people. Land acquisition is not a problem now."