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Odisha SWCA clears a host of projects including LNG power plant

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Reported by Chinmaya Dehury

Bhubaneswar, Feb 14:

The single window clearance authority (SWCA) of the state government today cleared five proposals including the first ever natural gas-based power plant of J Green Power Pvt Ltd, which will set up an LNG power plant at Dhamra banking on gas supplies from the five million tonne LNG terminal proposed at the same location by Indian Oil Corporation (IOCL).

The power project that involves a cost of Rs 3106 crore will make use of the latest Japanese technology and need barely 37 acres of land.

Besides, the proposed steel plant of the Sajjan Jindal promoted company JSW at an investment of Rs. 15,000 crore was also cleared.

Both the projects have been referred to the High Level Clearance Authority (HLCA) for final approval, said official sources.

Jindal had proposed to set up the steel project at Kendrapada in July last year. JSW wanted to set up the steel plant in the vicinity of a port, which will facilitate export of finished steel products to outside the state as well as country.

The official also said that SWCA approved the proposal of Tata Power Company Ltd (TPCL) to shift the location of its 2000 MW coal-based power plant from Naraj in Cuttack district to Begunia in Khordha district.

The shifting  of location was imperative as the company faced opposition from the local people and green activists as well as the state Forest and Environment department as the plant site was close to the Chandaka wildlife sanctuary.

Tata Power has identified a site in the district of Khordha for its coal-based end-use plant of Mandakini A block.

Tata Power is carrying out studies and surveys to finalise the boundary of the proposed site.

The proposed site, which is split into two plots and adds up to 975 acre, consists of both government and Jaganath Temple land which has cashew plantations and some private non-irrigated land in Begunia tehsil.

Besides, two logistic parks of Container Corporation of India (Concor), a mini-ratna Central PSU,   have got the approval of SWCA. The two Multi Modal Logistic Parks (MMLP) will be set up at Pradip and Muniguda. While Concor will invest Rs 123 crore for its Muniguda project, Rs 113 crore will be invested for the Paradip project.

The MMLP at Paradip has been proposed near Siju station on the Paradeep-Haridaspur rail line under the East Coast Railway’s (ECoR) jurisdiction. The park is coming up on 60 acres of land owned by Odisha Industrial Infrastructure Development Corporation (Idco).