Bangalore: Karnataka will build a 2,000MW thermal power plant in Janjgir district of Chhattisgarh, chief minister B.S. Yeddyurappa said.
Chhattisgarh chief minister Raman Singh has agreed to Karnataka’s proposal, Yeddyurappa said, adding the proposed project at Godhna would require around 2,000 acres of land. He said the site was connected by rail and road, and water was available from the Mahanadi river—factors that would help in building the plant.
In a letter to Singh, Yeddyurappa requested the Chhattisgarh chief minister to grant available government land. “I also require your timely assistance for water allocation from the Mahanadi as well as early clearance of the state pollution control board,” he said. “Most importantly, as member-state in the coal allocation committee of government of India, your help for obtaining coal linkage from the south-eastern coal field would be essential for success.”
Karnataka was facing an “acute power shortage” due to low rainfall, he said, adding there would be power cuts if the monsoon continues to be irregular. A large portion of the state’s electricity needs are met through hydropower.