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Power evacuation from Palatana may be delayed

GUWAHATI: Delay in getting forest clearance for setting up transmission facility is likely to delay power evacuation from 726.6 MW Gas Based Combined Cycle Power Project at Palatana in Tripura.

The status report of the transmission project has observed that not getting forest clearance from Assam and Meghalaya has become “very-very critical”.

Sudhir Basudeva, CMD, ONGC, who reviewed the progress of work recently in Tripura said that first unit of the project will start generation by June this year.

Transmission system associated with 726.6 MW is being implemented through joint venture route by North East Transmission Company Ltd and the cost of the project is around Rs 2057 crores.

This project is implemented by North Eastern Transmission Company Ltd (NETCL) which is promoted jointly by Powergrid (26%), ONGC Tripura Power Company (OTPC) (a Joint between ONGC, Infrastructure Leasing and Financial services (IL&FS)and Government of Tripura) (30%), Government of Tripura (10%), Government of Assam (13%), Government of Mizoram (10%), Government of Manipur (6%) and Government of Meghalaya (5%).

The 400 kilo volt (KV) double circuit transmission Line will connect the power plant site with the PowerGrid Pooling stations at Silchar and Bongaigaon in Assam.

According to the status report of the project delay in obtaining forest Clearance for Tripura, Assam and Meghalaya has adversely affected the project schedules since the last two working seasons from October to May could not be effectively utilized for construction of foundations and erection of towers for more than 300 locations passing through total forest area of 130 Km in Tripura, Assam and Meghalaya.

The second stage clearance for starting the work in forest has been obtained for Tripura. The second stage forest clearance is still awaited for the states of Assam and Meghalaya despite exchange of various communications between Ministry of Forest and Environment (MoEF) and state Government of Assam and Meghalaya during the last one year. This has become very-very critical.

According to report some portion of line passes through insurgency area and therefore there is need for the support of local police.

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