Chief Minister of Odisha seeks 33% free power from thermal plants

Bhubaneswar: September 09: Union Power Secretary Ajay Bhalla yesterday met Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik at Secretariat and discussed on several issues relating to the power sector and electrification in Odisha. During the discussion, Chief Minister raised certain issues including power power allocation, rural electrification and ultra-mega power project.
The Chief Minister said the coal bearing states like Odisha are facing negative fall outs of coal mining and thermal power stations. Therefore, the Centre should consider 25 to 33% free power from the coal fired thermal generating stations to the host states. The Chief Minister also asked for de-allocation of costly NTPC power from stations located outside Odisha. He said that allocations from NTPC plants within the state and other state thermal plants are adequate and there is no requirement of additional power from NTPC stations located outside Odisha.
Chief Minister stressed on the need for inclusion of SECC households in PE Villages under DDUGJY Scheme to achieve 100 percent household electrification. The Chief Minister emphasized to speed up the finalisation of standard bidding document for the Ultra Mega Power Project at Bedabahal in Sundergarh district. The SBD is pending for approval for more than 3 years, the CM said.