OST Business Bureau
New Delhi, Dec 30:
In order to prevent delay in construction of the 4,000 MW ultra mega power project (UMPP) in Odisha, the government is likely to de-link forest clearance of coal blocks from the environmental clearance accorded to the entire plant.
The government’s move comes after the Coal ministry issued a show-cause notice to the Power Finance Corporation (PFC) last week seeking an explanation for the delay in beginning of production from the allocated mines
A source in the ministry of Environment and Forests said; “To ensure that the delay in development of mines does not affect the construction of the thermal station, MoEF is likely to de-link forest clearance of coal blocks for 4,000 MW Odisha UMPP with the environmental clearance accorded to the entire plant”.
NTPC, Tata Power, NHPC, Adani Power, JSW Energy, Jindal Power (an arm of Jindal Steel and Power), Sterlite Infraventures, CLP India and Larsen & Toubro had submitted applications for the Odisha project.
As many as nine companies have qualified the first bidding round for the Bedhabahal UMPP in Odisha.
The Coal ministry has warned that appropriate action will be taken against companies failing to provide reasons for the delay.
The Bhedabahal UMPP is a pit-head power project based on domestic coal, to be sourced from allocated captive coal blocks.