Bhubaneswar: As per the arrangement, the Orissa Government will get 50 per cent of power from the NTPC’s two UMPPs.

In a significant development, the Orissa Government on Thursday directed National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) to take consent of local people before acquiring land for its two proposed Ultra Mega Power Projects (UMPPs) in the State.

‘’The government has asked the NTPC authorities to acquire land after taking the consent of the local people and spend five per cent of its profits towards peripheral development,’’ Chief Secretary Bijay Patnaik told reporters here at the State Secretariat.

NTPC is setting up two 3200 MW each Ultra Mega Power Projects at Darlipali in Sundergarh district and Gajamara in Dhenkanal district. Mr. Patnaik, who reviewed the progress of the two projects at a high level meeting, stated that district collectors of Sundergarh and Dhenkanal were instructed to assist the NTPC in its land acquisition bid. The Central PSU requires about 2900 acres and 2700 acres respectively for Darlipali and Gajamara projects. NTPC is facing strong resistance from the local people who are asking for at least Rs 40 lakh per acre of land.