Jharkhand yet to decide on Tata Power project

Jamshedpur, Mar 30 | Updated: Mar 31 2007, 07:27am hrs
The Jharkhand government is yet to take a decision on Tata Power Company's (TPC) application for around 1,000 acres that it had applied for in the Ghatsila-Mosabani area, around 60 km from here, where the power utility wants to set up a greenfield 1,000-mw project.

According to East Singhbhum deputy commissioner Nitin Kulkani, four applications---from a medical-cum-engineering college, a BSF battalion, Core Steel and Tata Power---were pending before the government as to who or who all should be allotted the 900 acres that were available in the area.

Tata Power had submitted its proposal to the state in November 2006.

"The government is yet to take a decision as to whom it would allot the land," said Kulkarni.

TPC had signed an MoU with the Jharkhand government and said it would evaluate the prospect of setting up generation units at various sites in the state with a potential of around 3,000 mw and also captive coal mining facilities and associated distribution circles.

With the state's generating capacities at Tenuaghat Vidyut Nigam Ltd (TVNL) and the JSEB-owned power units at Patratu failing frequently, Tata Power has been looking forward to putting the project on the fast track to ease the power crisis faced by the state.

Four units of 250 mw each have been planned for the site at an investment of around Rs 4,500- 5,000 crore, including laying of dedicated transmission lines for Tata Steel's plant in Jamshedpur and also to the state government's grid.

Tata Power has an installed power generating capacity of 428 mw at Jojobera, on the outskirts of the city, which supplies power to Tata Steel, some of its associate companies and the town through Jusco.