Odisha Seeks Free Power

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today sought 33 per cent free power from the thermal power plants and urged the Union Government to expedite the finalisation of Standard Bidding Document (SBD) for the Ultra Mega Power Project at Bedabahal in Sundergarh district.

During a meeting he had with Union Power Secretary Ajay Kumar Bhalla here at State Secretariat, Mr.Patnaik said the SBD is pending for approval for more than three years, the Chief Minister said. State Secretary Energy Hemant Sharma was present in the meeting.

The Chief Minister, who discussed several issues relating to the power sector and electrification in Odisha, raised issues concerning power allocation, rural electrification and ultra mega power project, among other things, sources said

Mr.Patnaik told the Union Secretary that coal bearing states like Odisha are facing negative fallouts of coal mining and thermal power stations.

Therefore, the Centre should consider 25 to 33 per cent free power from the coal fired thermal generating stations to the host States, he insisted.

The Chief Minister also asked for de-allocation of costly NTPC power from stations located outside Odisha.

Sources said, the Chief Minister said that allocations from NTPC plants within the state and other state thermal plants are adequate and there is no requirement of additional power from NTPC stations located outside Odisha.

He also stressed the need for inclusion of SECC households in PE villages under DDUGJY Scheme to achieve 100 percent household electrification.

Notably, the Union Secretary’s visit is as part of the instructions issued by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to the Union Government secretaries to visit states every Friday to assess progress of Centrally sponsored schemes.  
Mr.Bhalla is the first Union Secretary in the context to visit the State.

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