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Dept sits on Das order

Ranchi, Feb. 9: Deputy chief minister Raghubar Das’s directive to the water resources department to submit detailed reports on how to provide water to two power units coming up in the second phase in Koderma seems to have been swept under the carpet.

Energy secretary N.N. Pandey confirmed having not received the report from the water resources department. Sources said the water resources department was yet to constitute a committee or team of experts to explore possibilities for expansion of the super thermal power plant in Koderma.

Even water resources minister Chandra Prakash Choudhary is not aware of what his department officials have done so far on the front. “I am not in my office now. But tomorrow I will try to find out whether they have acted on the directive or not,” Choudhary told The Telegraph over phone.

Water resources department secretary R.S. Poddar declined to comment. “I can’t give any information to the media. I am sorry,” he added. When contacted, Raghubar Das, who also heads the energy department, remained evasive too.

At a meeting with Das about 10 days ago, DVC chairman Subrata Biswas had clarified that the proposed units, with an installed capacity of 660MW each, meant for the power plant in Koderma would be shifted to Raghunathpur in Bengal, as the reservoir in Koderma did not have adequate water. But in the same vein, he also promised to reconsider the idea if the state government provided him adequate water.

Accordingly, Das had asked the water resources department to find out how to provide adequate water to the proposed power plants in Koderma. The minister had categorically stated that the report ought to be submitted in seven days. But, there has been no progress since then.

DVC officials in Calcutta added that the National Thermal Power Corporation was preparing a DPR for shifting the units from Koderma to Raghunathpur. Reliance Power Limited has been roped in to set up the power plant in Raghunathpur.

JVM(P) chief Babulal Marandi, who represents Koderma in the Lok Sabha, argued that water available in the nearby Konar Dam could be used if the Tilaiya Dam did not have adequate water. He will soon talk to the DVC chief on the matter, he added.

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