Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar has appealed to the Centre to set up an Ultra Mega Power Project (UMPP) at Niddodi village in Dakshina Kannada (D-K) district.
In a letter addressed to Union Minister for Power Jyothiraditya Scindia, Shettar said on Saturday that the Central Electricity Authority has informed the Central Mine Planning and Design Institute (CMPDI), Ranchi that all the four sites proposed by it were not suitable for setting up a coal-based UMPP. CMPDI are rendering consultancy services for identification of potential sites for coal- based thermal stations in Karnataka. It had identified sites at Shiroor, Honnavar, Divgi and Kanchanbahal.
Later, a team of officers from Power Company of Karnataka Limited along with officials from Karnataka Udyog Mitra/Karnataka Industrial Areas Development Board, Mangalore, carried out site inspection in and around the coastal areas to identify land for the UMPP project under case-2 bidding guidelines of Ministry of Power, GoI. The team identified a site in Niddodi of Mangalore as suitable, he added.