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NTPC land plea

Calcutta, Dec. 9: NTPC today said it would not be possible for the company to start working on the proposed 1,600MW thermal power plant at Burdwan’s Katwa till it is given more land.

NTPC chairman Arup Roy Chowdhury said on the sidelines of the PanIIT Global Conference 2012: “The government has asked us to start developing the plant on the acquired land. But we need more land to develop the ash pond and other facilities. The ash pond is critical to getting the environment ministry’s clearance to start work. We are in talks with the government to resolve the issue.”

Of the 1,100 acres needed for the 1,600MW thermal power plant, 556 acres had been acquired by the Left government. But after Mamata Banerjee came to power, she refused to acquire “even an inch” of land for the project. The central power utility has failed to buy land directly from farmers.