Sunday, December 20, 2009

Delay in power plant, Centre blames Assam

NEW DELHI, Dec 20: Responding to a question raised by Silchar MP Kabindra Purkayastha, Union Minister of State for Power Bharatsingh Solanki informed the Lok Sabha that due to non-cooperation of the Assam Government the 125-MW thermal power project at Silchar is yet to be started.

The Union minister further said, “Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHAL) and Power Trading Corporation (PTC) of India Limited had formed a joint venture company — the Barak Power Private Limited (BPPL) — on September 1, 2008 for the setting up of a 2x125-MW thermal power plant at Silchar. BHEL said  that in-principle clearance from the Assam Government regarding transfer of land was still awaited.”

He, however, said techno-commercial aspects and viability of the proposed thermal power project are currently under deliberations. Meanwhile, the project is likely to be set up in the Katigorah area in Cachar district. Silchar Deputy Commissioner Office sources said the district authority has already sent the application letter to Dispur for clearance of land transfer. THE SENTINEL

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