State

Patnaik's Plea to Centre Over Coal Blocks

Bhubaneswar:Nov 30;Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has requested the Centre to allot Chhendipada and Chhendipada-II coal blocks to Odisha Thermal Power Corporation Limited (OTPCL) in lieu of Tentuloi block at an early date for making power available at a cheap rate for consumers in the State.

The cost of extracting coal from Tentuloi block will be prohibitively high for which Coal Ministry has been requested several times for its cancellation, the Chief Minister said in a letter to Union Coal Minister Piyush Goyal.

The coal block was allotted to OTPCL as there was no other alternative available at that time. The OTPCL is establishing a 3200 MW coal-based super critical thermal power plant in Kamakhyanagar tehsil of Dhenkanal district. The project authorities have completed land acquisition and conducted public hearing, he said and added that all statutory clearances have been obtained except environment clearance.

Naveen said the project authorities have applied for allocation of Chhendipada and Chhendipada-II coal blocks to meet coal requirement of 16 million tonne per annum. The major project is being set up for the benefit of people as demand for power is growing rapidly due to increased coverage of households and higher consumption, he added.

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