“The Karnataka Government has already initiated the process for acquisition of land. Once the land is handed over to us, we will start the construction work, which is expected to begin by end of December,” R S Sharma, Chairman and Managing Director of NTPC told Deccan Herald here.
NTPC has handed over a cheque of Rs 26.22 crore to the Karnataka Government for land and requested the State Government to expedite the process of acquisition. The company is satisfied about the State government’s response in this regard, he said.
Though the company earlier had planned to hold the ground breaking ceremony in March this year, later it decided to wait till it got the possession of land completely, he said adding that the company has already applied for environment and forest clearance with authorities concerned for the project.
The NTPC is proposing to build 4000 MW ultra mega power project in Kudgi with an investment of Rs 20,000 crore. About 3,500 acres of land had been identified for the project while NTPC required 1,900 acre of land to begin with.
The supercritical thermal power plant would have five units of 800 MW each and first phase comprising three generating units was expected to be commissioned by 2013-14.
80 million units of power
The proposed plant will have the capacity to generate 80 million units of power a day and 50 per cent of it would be supplied to Karnataka while the remaining would be shared among other States through the Central Grid.
The Company claimed that project would adopt an advanced super critical technology that would reduce carbon dioxide emission besides burning less fuel with higher output.
The MoU for the project had been signed between the Karnataka Government, NTPC and the State-held Power Compansy of Karnataka Ltd on January 12, 2009. The State has agreed to allocate 5.2 tmc ft of water per year to the project from Almatti dam.