Bhubaneswar, Mar 24: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has written to Union power minister RK Singh and requested him to direct the NTPC for early execution of the Talcher Thermal Power Station (TTPS) stage-III project.
“The Talcher Thermal Power Station (TTPS) is one of the oldest thermal power stations of the country. It was set up by Government of Odisha – Stage-I (240 MW) was commissioned in 1968 and Stage-II (220 MW) in 1982. Later, NTPC acquired it in 1995,” Naveen said in the letter.
“In 2010, NTPC proposed to expand the capacity of the station and install 2 units of 660 MW each. The State designated agency, GRIDCO Ltd. promptly signed Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with NTPC in December 2010 for 660 MW. The TTPS Stage-III Expansion project has already got the approval of the State Government, i.e., HLCA in February 2020. However, NTPC is yet to start the execution. The closure of TTPS w.e.f 31.03.2021 will have severe direct and indirect impact on thousands of families and the local economy,” the letter stated.
“Hence, I draw your immediate attention and request you to direct NTPC to address the concerns related to closure of TTPS and take steps for early execution of TTPS Stage-III Project. I assure you all support from the State Government in this regard,” Naveen said in the letter.