New Delhi: The 4,000 mega watt Bedabahal ultra mega power project (UMPP) in Orissa is likely to receive a green signal from the Central Government.  Next on line will be Akaltara (Chhattisgarh) UMPP.

Akaltara UMPP may also get clearance from the Central Government and all options are being considered to seek permission from Ministry of Environment and Forests.

According to sources in Power Ministry, “Bedabahal UMPP will get a final clearance from Ministry of Environment and Forests within four to six weeks.” It will take four to six weeks to get the clearances.

The Ministry seeks to invite tender bids by September 2011. If things augur well, the contract of the project will be given by November 2011.

The government seeks to supply electricity from Bedabahal ultra mega power project (UMPP) by the mid of 2015-2016.
The major hurdle in the path of Orissa UMPP is coming from allocated coal blocks because a major portion of the blocks falls in No-Go Area (where mining is not allowed).

Ministry of Power, Ministry of Environment and Forests and Union Coal Ministry have reached to an agreement that they will leave the forest covered areas of the coal block untouched.  The Ministry will bookmark the allocated coal block afresh and the forest areas will be separated.

The government seeks to evolve a new formula for Akaltara (Chhattisgarh) UMPP. The problems under this project are grave because the three coal blocks allocated by the government fall under No-Go Area. A new map will be created for these coal blocks so that the area can be separated which has been objected by the Ministry of Forest raises objection.

A proposal in this regard will be presented in an upcoming meeting to be headed by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.


(JPN/Bureau)