"We have put this (Katwa) West Bengal project in fast-track. We are hopeful to complete the project in time," NTPC chairman and managing director Arup Roy Chowdhury said.

"We are trying to make this 1320 MW power project as a model plant," he said.

Roy Chowdhury's review visit at Katwa on Saturday gives a clear indication that importance of this project for the PSU power major.

He had met the Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee this June to give a boost in land acquisition process.

Asked about the environmental clearance on the project, Roy Chowdhury said that as the statutory time-limit has crossed since the same was submit by the erstwhile owner West Bengal Power Development Corporation, we have to submit the application afresh.

"This is just a regulatory requirement," he said.     

NTPC was expecting top award the EPC contract in the next quarter. South Korean power equipment supplier Doosan Corporation was the lowest bidder.

South Korean power equipment supplier Doosan Corporation has emerged the lowest bidder for a composite boiler-turbine-generator package.

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