Mar 23, 2016 07:46 AM IST | Source: PTI

Naveen Patnaik writes to PM Modi for fresh coal block to OTPCL

Tentuloi coal block was allocated to OTPCL, which is setting up a 3,200 MW super critical thermal power plant in Dhenkanal, as no other alternative block was available at that point of time, Patnaik said in a letter to Modi.

Naveen Patnaik writes to PM Modi for fresh coal block to OTPCL

Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik sought Prime Minister Narendra Modi's help for cancellation of Tentuloi coal block and allocation of another suitable block to Odisha Thermal Power Corporation Ltd (OTPCL) for its upcoming project in Dhenkanal district.

Tentuloi coal block was allocated to OTPCL, which is setting up a 3,200 MW super critical thermal power plant in Dhenkanal, as no other alternative block was available at that point of time, Patnaik said in a letter to Modi.

As the cost of extracting coal from this deep cast mine would be prohibitively high, Union Ministry of Coal had been requested several times for cancellation of the block, the chief minister said, referring to the letters he had written to the Coal Minister in September 2013 and November 2015.

"I had requested to allot Chhendipada and Chhendipada-II coal block in lieu of Tentuloi block to OTPCL. But no coal block has been allocated to OTPCL so far," he said.

Stating that Odisha has the largest deposits of power grade coal in the country, Patnaik said the demand for power in the state is growing rapidly.

He added that Baitarani East Coal Mine, having a tentative reserve of about 600 MT, has been allocated to MCL but is situated far away from the company's operational area.

On the other hand, it would be easier on the part of the state PSU to develop this coal mine as it borders Baitarani West Coal Mine, recently allocated to the state government.

"I would, therefore, request you to kindly consider allocating Baitarani East Coal Block in favour of OTPCL to cater to the requirement of the power project being set up by it in Dhenkanal district," Patnaik said.

Alternatively, Karadabahal and Brahmanibil Coal Blocks, which are located nearby and have adequate reserves, may be considered for allocation to OTPCL, he said.

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