Pradhan letter to CM

Union petroleum and natural gas minister Dharmendra Pradhan on Tuesday sought the personal intervention of chief minister Naveen Patnaik to speed up the approval of various central public sector undertaking (PSU) projects, including the 1,320 megawatt thermal power project of the National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC).

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  • Published 12.09.18
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Dharmendra Pradhan

Bhubaneswar: Union petroleum and natural gas minister Dharmendra Pradhan on Tuesday sought the personal intervention of chief minister Naveen Patnaik to speed up the approval of various central public sector undertaking (PSU) projects, including the 1,320 megawatt thermal power project of the National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC).

In a letter to Naveen, Pradhan said that in line with the Prime Minister's vision of Purvodaya, the central public sector undertakings had come forward to make huge investments in various projects in Odisha. "Be it the oil sector PSUs, SAIL (Steel Authority of India Limited) or Nalco (National Aluminium Company) or NTPC, all of them have lined up high-value projects that will change the industrial landscape of Odisha," he wrote.

As far as NTPC was concerned, it has a large presence in the state with ongoing and proposed investments above Rs 24,000 crore, he wrote. The PSU is proposing to set up an additional state-of-the-art, environment norm-compliant 1.20 megwatt power station at Talcher. The NTPC board approved a Rs 9,785 crore investment for the project on Monday, he said.

"The project has obtained land, water, environmental and other statutory clearances. But being a large project it requires clearance by the high level clearance authority of the state government. Unfortunately, NTPC is still waiting approval of the HLCA despite applying online on April 19, 2017," said the Union minister.

"Lack of requisite clearances for such big ticket investments even after the lapse of more than 15 months will dampen the investment climate in Odisha and send a wrong signal to the investors community," he said in his letter.