Naveen urges Shinde to implement decisions



Bhubaneswar: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has appealed to Union Power Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde to take steps for implementation of decisions earlier taken during a discussion between the two.

"I request you to advise the authorities concerned to take the required steps to implement decisions expeditiously," Patnaik told Sindhe in a letter on Saturday.

During the discussion, the Centre had promised to consider Odisha's demand of additional 500 MW of power from NTPC, Kanhia Stage-II, Patnaik said in the letter adding the Centre should provide the additional power from unallocated share available with them.

The state had demanded the additional power at least for a period of two years to meet the present power crisis in the state, Patnaik said.

The Chief Minister also reminded Shinde about his assurance about NTPC's commitment to set up a Medical College and Hospital at Sundergarh with 400-bed capacity which could be upgraded to 500 beds subsequently.

Further, Patnaik said that the Power Grid Corporation of Indian Limited as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility should set up two ITIs at Angul and Sundergarh.

Patnaik said to safeguard the interest of the state, NTPC should provide an assurance as part of the PPA (power purchase agreement) for Gajamara project that it would develop their coal block in time to supply coal to the project and would not use imported coal or high cost coal which might increase the variable cost and the unit price beyond the indicated price of Rs 2.71.

"In the event of NTPC using imported/high cost coal due to unwarranted circumstances, Odisha would have the option of not procuring the power and not paying the fixed charge," Patnaik said.

The state government had reiterated its demand for an additional 700 MW of power from Bedebahal UMPP (ultra mega power plant) in Sundergarh district towards 50 per cent of the home state's share, he said.

PTI