Process underway for clearances to NTPC Odisha project


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    New Delhi, Aug 13

    The process of obtaining regulatory clearances for state-run NTPC’s proposed 1,600 MW thermal power plant in Odisha is under way, Parliament was informed today.

    “NTPC has informed that for its Darlipalli Project (2×800 MW) in Odisha, the process of land acquisition by the State government and environment and forest clearance of the project as well as its linked Dulanga coal mine from the Ministry of Environment and Forests is in progress,” Power Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia said in Rajya Sabha today.

    “Out of the 1,274 acres of private land, possession certificate has been received for 1205 acres and of the 338.97 acres of Government land, payment for 275 acres has been released by NTPCBSE 4.01 % to state government and transfer of Government land is under process of approval of state government,” he said.

    Environment clearance for the project has been recommended by the Expert Appraisal Committee (EAC) of the Environment Ministry, last year, subject to grant of forest clearance for Darlipalli Project and environment and forest clearance for the linked Dulanga coal mine.

    For forest clearance of 34.47 acres forest land of Darlipalli Project, the Forest Advisory Committee (FAC) of the Environment Ministry had recommended a holistic decision on diversion of forest land required for two interdependent projects (Darlipalli and Dulanga).

    Scindia said it has been further suggested that the proposal for diversion of forest land for Darlipalli project with Environment Ministry should be transferred to FAC for consideration along with that Dulanga proposal.

    NTPC, which currently generates over 41,000 MW electricity, plans to add another 10,000 MW by 2017. (PTI)