New Delhi: Andhra Pradesh (AP), Orissa, and Gujarat have stepped forward with alternative sites for ultra mega power projects (capacity of 4,000MW each) that were originally supposed to be located in Girye in Maharashtra and Tadri in Madhya Pradesh.
Mint had reported earlier that the inordinate delay in identifying sites in Karnataka and Maharashtra could see the projects being shifted.
“We have identified two sites at Ongole and Vizag in AP, and also a coastal site in Orissa, along with innumerable sites in Gujarat,” said a Central government official involved in the site selection process.
The three states that have offered alternative sites already have an ultra mega power project each, but the official, who didn’t wish to be identified, said their willingness could see additional projects coming up.
“We plan to do this as the state government’s support is very important for land acquisition, and these states have shown interest in meeting the prerequisites,” he said.
Tata Power has won the bid to set up the ultra mega power project at Mundra in Gujarat and the process of identifying the company that will set up the power plants in Jhasuguda in Orissa and Krishnapattanam in AP will be on soon.
Girye in Maharashtra is a centre where the famous Alphonso mangoes are grown, and Tadri falls in Karnataka’s green belt. Farmers and environmentalists had objected to power plants coming up in these places.
“It will be difficult to set up such a big project in both the states on account of unavailability of suitable project sites,” said the official.
He added that with site selection being “a long and tedious process, we are not willing to wait”.
The Union power ministry had asked the Central Electricity Authority to explore alternative sites in Maharashtra, but the agency failed to identify a suitable location.