Jharkhand could be sitting on one of the richest coal reserves of the country, but converting it into a thermal power remains a distant dream.
The state signed a memorandum of agreement (MoA) followed by a joint venture (JV) agreement with National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) in May 2015 and July 2015 respectivel, but the project is yet to see the light of the day.
Almost similar has been the fate of 4000MW Ultra Mega Power Plant (UMPP) in Tilaiya, Koderma from which Reliance Power pulled out and government decided to go for a re-tendering.
Yet another jerk has come in Santhal Pargana region from where Jindal Steel and Power Limited (JSPL) had to wind up its 1920MW power plant after cancellation of its coal block, which in turn came to the kitty of Adani Powers. Adani is now facing difficulty in terms of delay in land acquisition because of some errors in fixation of land prices on the part of the local administration. CESC’s 600 MW power project in Dumka also hangs in balance and MoU with state govt. is yet to revised.
Principal secretary (energy) SKG Rahate said all projects are in progress and will soon be on ground. “The council of ministers recently agreed to handover 1175 acre of land to Patratu Vidyut Utpadan Nigam Limited (PVUNL) the joint venture company at a rate of Rs 66.801 lakh per acre, thereby ensuring the state’s share in the project,” he said.
Despite government claims, sources in PTPS think that NTPC is already running behind schedule which can adversely affect the fate of the ntire project. “NTPC is not only supposed to commission 2X800MW plant by 2019 but was expected to operate five units of present PTPS within six months of signing the JV to ensure 350Ms of power generation for consumption in state,” said one of the officials of PTPS unwilling to be named.
Sources also said NTPC is not willing to revamp unit no 4,6 and 7 which have become obsolete. But for that fresh agreement has to be signed with the state government.
To give a push to the proposed thermal power plant of Adani in Godda, the state has initiated correction in land prices. Chief secretary Rajiv Gauba recently chaired a meeting in Dumka to invite suggestions and objections from locals over fixation of land rate. The meeting was conducted amid assurances given by the chief minister on the floor of house when the opposition levelled charges of deliberately lowering land rates to favour Adani.
Principal secretary (finance-cum-planning) Amit Khare, who earlier headed a committee on land rates said there were clerical errors which resulted in extraordinary inflation in rate. “The committee had suggested correction after comparing rates with other places in state,” he said. TOI