Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today met Union Power Secretary Ajay Bhalla at the State Secretariat and discussed on several issues relating to the power sector and electrification in Odisha.
During the discussion, the chief minister raised certain issues including power allocation, rural electrification and ultra mega power project.
Naveen said the coal bearing states like Odisha are facing negative fallouts of coal mining and thermal power stations. The Centre should consider 25 to 33 percent free power from the coal fired thermal generating stations to host states, he demanded.
The CM also asked for de-allocation of costly NTPC power from stations located outside the state. Allocations from NTPC plants within the state and other state thermal plants are adequate and there is no requirement of additional power from NTPC stations located outside Odisha, he further added.
Naveen stressed on the need for inclusion of SECC households in PE villages under DDUGJY scheme to achieve 100 percent household electrification. He also emphasized to speed up the finalization of standard bidding document for the Ultra-Mega power project at Bedabahal in Sundargarh district. The SBD is pending for approval for more than three years, the CM said.