(News) No govt nod to land & water, power project in Chitrakoot up in the air

No govt nod to land & water, power project in Chitrakoot up in the air

The 4,000-MW thermal pow-er project proposed to be set up in Chitrakoot district of Bundelkhand region is getting delayed due to the reluctance of the state government to give land and water clearance for the project, said a top official of the National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) on Wednesday.

“We have sought land at Bargarh in Chitrakoot and are waiting for the in-principle clearance from the UP government. The UP government is yet to give its commitment on providing land and water to the NTPC due to which the project at Bargarh area of Chitrakoot in Bundelkhand region has been delayed,” I B Pandey, Executive Director (North), NTPC, told mediapersons at a press briefing here today. “Water for the proposed power project at Bargarh is available in adequate quantity in Yamuna at Pratappur near Chitrakoot. We have sought UP government’s commitment for water clearance but so far we have received no communication from them,” he added.

On the issue of sharing power with the UP government from the Chitrakoot project, the official said: “The NTPC can give only 30 per cent of the power generated to the UP government, which in turn is demanding 100 per cent power from the project. It is beyond our jurisdiction to decide on the share of power for UP. It can be decided only by the Union power ministry”.

Pandey said the NTPC is also looking for land in Madhya Pradesh side of the Bundelkhand region. “The Madhya Pradesh government has given in-principle approval for land and water for the power project,” said Pandey. He added, “This does not mean that we have closed the option of the project in Bargarh, as there can be two power projects in the Bundelkhand region.”

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Courtesy: Indianexpress.com