New Delhi: Karnataka Chief Minister BS
Yeddyurappa on Wednesday asked the Centre to give swift environmental
clearance to two thermal power plants, saying it will help
the state overcome a power crisis.
Yeddyurappa raised the demand before Prime Minister
Manmohan Singh this morning when he along with state Power
Minister Shobha Karandlaje met him.
He informed the Prime Minister that the state was
awaiting environmental clearance from the Centre for Edlapura
Thermal project and Godhna Super Critical Thermal project,
which is a pit head plant in Chhattisgarh.
"We are unable to proceed further on the two projects
for want of environmental clearance. The Environment Ministry
is insisting on the coal linkage which Coal Ministry has not
given so far," Yeddyurappa said.
He also said no coal allocation has been received for
two other projects -- Yermarus Thermal Power Plant and Bellary
Thermal Power Project.
Yeddyurappa told Singh that Karnataka has no fuel
resources and this was the major reason why the state decided
to set up a pit head power plant in Chhattisgarh.
The Chief Minister said that the Prime Minister has
promised to consider the request positively.
Talking to reporters, the Chief Minister said a
reshuffle of the state cabinet will take place in the coming