"We have already started working on the project. Tender process is already on and ground work has been expedited," Energy Secretary PK Jena said after the decision was taken at a high-level meeting chaired by Chief Secretary JK Mohapatra.

Odisha Power Generation Corporation which has proposed the expansion of 1320 MW thermal power plant, has taken steps for development of its coal blocks and for contraction of a 47-bolometer railway line.

OPGC, which has two thermal power units of 210 MW each in Ib Valley area, would add 1,320 MW by expanding the third and fourth units having capacity of 660 MW each.

These would be the state's first super critical thermal power generation units.

Jena said OPGC's expansion project has obtained clearances and permits. Land acquisition for mines and an exclusive railway corridor have progressed through the state-run Industrial Infrastructure Development Corporation.

In another development in the power sector, the Odisha government decided to complete installation of 500 33/11 KV sub-stations in different blocks in the state, in the next three years.

The new sub-stations would strengthen the distribution system, reduce T&D losses and give quality power supply to consumers, Jena said.

While the state at present has 588 such 33/11 KV sub-stations, private distribution companies have set up another 127 of them.

With installation of new units, the total number of 33/11 KV sub-stations in the state would be 1,215.

"The new sub-stations will be implemented in three phases. Land acquisition and other related work have been completed for the purpose," Jena said.

The distribution companies have been asked to fence the land to prevent re-encroachment and Rs 2,600 crore would be spent on the new sub-station project.


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