After a delay of nearly five years, the National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) on Saturday approved an investment of over Rs 12,500 crore for setting up of 1600 MW super thermal power project (STPP) in Sundargarh district.
The NTPC Board of Directors cleared an investment proposal of Rs 12,532.44 crore for its STPP project at Darlipali in Sundargarh district in a meeting on Thursday. The project is scheduled to be commissioned by 2018.
The total land requirement for Darlipali project is 1,652 acres __ 1,217 acres private land and 34.47 acres forest land.
Of the 1,217 acres private land needed for the main plant of the power project, the State Government has issued possession certificate for 1,213 acres. Alienation proposals for 339.49 acres of government land are in different stages of processing, Principal Secretary Energy PK Jena told this paper.
Notification under Section 4 (1) of Land Acquisition Act has been issued for 32.36 acres of private land required for rehabilitation and resettlement colony. Moreover, administrative approval has been issued for acquisition of 55 acres private land for the Merry Go Round (MGR) system to carry coal to the plant, he said.
Jena further said that process has also been initiated for conversion of the forest land.
The Darlipali project has got coal linkage of seven million tonne per annum (MTPA) from Dulunga area in the state and 12.5 MTPA from Pakri Barwadih coal blocks in Bihar allotted to it. Hirakud reservoir will meet the water requirement of Darlipali project.
The State will get 50 per cent power from the Darlipali project. The national thermal power major has also committed to establish a medical college at the district headquarters of Sundargarh.
Though the Centre announced that two super thermal power projects of 3200 MW (4X800MW)will be established at Darlipali and Gajamara in Dhenkanal district way back in 2009, the two projects got delayed due to land acquisition problem.
As land acquisition hurdles delayed the two large-sized power projects, NTPC started looking for alternative sites outside the State.
India’s largest power generation utility has been unable to place a multi-billion dollar power generation equipment order for the proposed projects as planned because of the delays.
NTPC had sought bids for around Rs 22,000 crore of boilers and turbine generators in 2011 last year for four proposed projects including for the 1600 MW each Darlipali and Gajmara projects. But it had to cancel the order due to delay in land acquisition, NTPC sources said.
Apart from the two major projects, NTPC has undertaken major expansion of Talcher Thermal Power Project by adding 1,320 MW.