Mega NTPC projects hang fire as Orissa holds-up clearances
This is despite the chiefs of both NTPC Ltd and Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd (BHEL), in a meeting with chief minister Naveen Patnaik on November 22, being assured of the availability of land for the 1,600 MW Darlipali project by December 10, 2012 and the forest clearance for the power project and the linked 7 MTPA (million tonne per annum) Dulanga mine being expedited by the first week of December 2012. Both these are still pending.
For the project, NTPC finalised the main plant equipment order in November 2011. Despite a lapse of 14 months, the projects have not moved beyond that initial stage due to land not being made available, NTPC officials said. The order for equipment for the project has been placed with BHEL and BGR-Hitachi. The issue of pending clearances assumes even more significance as the validity of the bids received for the Darlipali project will expire on January 31, 2013.
In view of the delays, power ministry Jyotiraditya Scindia has written to Patnaik earlier this month (January 3) seeking his intervention to sort out the issues, following up on a series of letters written by his predecessors, Sushilkumar Shinde (May 10,2012) and M Veerappa Moily (September 3, 2012).
Minister of Heavy Industries Praful Patel too had written to Patnaik on October 31, on