No govt nod to land & water, power project in Chitrakoot up in the air
The 4,000-MW thermal pow-er project proposed to be set up in Chitrakoot
district of Bundelkhand region is getting delayed due to the reluctance of the
state government to give land and water clearance for the project, said a top
official of the National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) on Wednesday.
“We have sought land at Bargarh in Chitrakoot and are waiting for the
in-principle clearance from the UP government. The UP government is yet to give
its commitment on providing land and water to the NTPC due to which the project
at Bargarh area of Chitrakoot in Bundelkhand region has been delayed,” I B
Pandey, Executive Director (North), NTPC, told mediapersons at a press briefing
here today. “Water for the proposed power project at Bargarh is available in
adequate quantity in Yamuna at Pratappur near Chitrakoot. We have sought UP
government’s commitment for water clearance but so far we have received no
communication from them,” he added.
On the issue of sharing power with the UP government from the Chitrakoot
project, the official said: “The NTPC can give only 30 per cent of the power
generated to the UP government, which in turn is demanding 100 per cent power
from the project. It is beyond our jurisdiction to decide on the share of power
for UP. It can be decided only by the Union power ministry”.
Pandey said the NTPC is also looking for land in Madhya Pradesh side of the
Bundelkhand region. “The Madhya Pradesh government has given in-principle
approval for land and water for the power project,” said Pandey. He added, “This
does not mean that we have closed the option of the project in Bargarh, as there
can be two power projects in the Bundelkhand region.”