New Delhi: The Environment Ministry has
refused to give its nod to the Indian Farmers Fertiliser
Cooperative`s mega thermal power plant project in Chhattisgarh
citing absence of firm coal linkage to meet the requirement.
"In the absence of firm coal linkage, the ministry cannot
accord environment clearance to its proposal for 2x600 MW coal
based thermal power plants at village Salka in Surguja
district," the ministry said today in its letter to IFFCO.
However, pointing out that it was open to the clearance
in future, it said "the ministry can be informed as and when
firm coal linkage for the plant is available for further
action at our end."
ICPL, 74:26 joint ventures between IFFCO and Chhattisgarh State Electricity Board, has proposed to develop a power plant of at least 1,000 MW in the coal-rich state.