Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik
Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Sunday urged Union Power Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde to keep his words and take steps for implementation of certain decisions that were taken during a discussion between the two earlier.

“I request you to advise the authorities concerned to take the required steps to implement decisions expeditiously,” Patnaik told Sindhe in a letter on Saturday.

In the earlier discussion, the state had demanded an additional 500 MW of power from NTPC, Kanhia Stage- II for a period of at least two years, to meet the present power crisis in the state, and the Centre had promised to consider the state’s demand.

Apart from this Shinde had also assured the setting up of a Medical College and Hospital at Sundergarh with 400 bed capacity which could be upgraded to 500 beds subsequently as committed by NTPC.

besides this, the Power Grid Corporation of Indian Limited as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility should set up two ITIs at Angul and Sundergarh, Patnaik added.

In addition to that, NTPC, as a part of the PPA (Power Purchase Agreement), should provide an assurance for Gajamara project that it would develop their coal block in time to supply coal to the project and would not use imported coal or high cost coal which might increase the production cost by Rs 2.71 per unit , in order to safeguard the state’s interest.

“In the event of NTPC using imported/high cost coal due to unwarranted circumstances, Odisha would have the option of not procuring the power and not paying the fixed charge,” Patnaik added.

The state government also reiterated its demand for an additional 700 MW of power from Bedebahal UMPP (Ultra Mega PowerPplant) in Sundergarh district towards 50 per cent of the home state’s share, he said.