Water scarcity forces Orissa to drop investment in power

Water scarcity forces Orissa to drop investment in power
PTI
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First Published: Tue, Jan 20 2009. 03 23 PM IST
Updated: Tue, Jan 20 2009. 03 23 PM IST
Bhubaneswar: The Orissa government has deferred proposals of at least five mega power projects, while recommending the proposals of Larsen and Toubro (L&T) and Jindal Steel and Power Ltd (JSPL) for approval of the High Level Clearance Authority in the wake of stiff opposition by farmers, who are against supply of river water for industrial purpose.
The decision to drop or defer the investment proposals in power sector was taken at the State level single window clearance authority (SLSWCA) meeting last evening, official sources said on Tuesday.
The SLSWCA recommended two proposals of Jindal Steel and Power Ltd (JSPL) and Larsen and Toubro subject to fulfillment of certain conditions.
The proposal of Larsen and Toubro to set up a 1,680 MW thermal power plant at an investment of Rs10,200 crore at Dhamra in Bhadrak district was accepted with certain conditions.
Besides, rush of thermal power projects in Angul-Talcher belt also influenced the government not to go ahead with certain projects due to rising pollution.
“L&T was asked to use sea water for its power plant instead of depending on river water,” a senior industry department official said adding that the MoU with the company would be signed only after it withdrew a case against the state government.
L&T had filed a case in Delhi High Court against the state government over a dispute relating to leasing of an iron ore mine.
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First Published: Tue, Jan 20 2009. 03 23 PM IST