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Bangalore, Feb 16

The ground-breaking ceremony for the 4,000-MW greenfield thermal power project being taken up by NTPC in Kudgi of Bijapur district would be held in March.

This was announced by the Chief Minister, Mr B.S. Yeddyurappa, after he received a cheque for Rs 26 crore from NTPC today towards a part of compensation for the land being acquired by the Karnataka Industrial Area Development Board (KIADB) for the project, which is being taken up at a cost of Rs 20,000 crore.

The Additional Chief Secretary of the Karnataka Energy Department, Mr K. Jairaj, said the project will have five generating units with a capacity of 800 MW each.

The first phase, comprising three generating units, was expected to be commissioned by 2013-14.

The proposed plant has the capacity to generate 80 million units a day; 50 per cent of it would be given to Karnataka while the remaining would be shared among other States through the Central grid.

The State Government has no financial burden from this project as the entire cost is being taken care of by the NTPC.

LAND IDENTIFIED

About 3,500 acres have been identified for the project while NTPC requires 1,900 acres initially.

The Commerce and Industries Department Principal Secretary, Mr V.P. Baligar, issued the preliminary notification for land acquisition on the occasion. He assuredNTPC of completing the land acquisition before June.

The project requires 5.2 TMC of water a year which would be supplied from the Almatti reservoir.

No forest land is involved in the acquisition process. The Karnataka State Pollution Control Board is holding a public hearing on the project in the first week of March.

The MoU for the project had been signed between the Karnataka Government, NTPC and the state-held Power Company of Karnataka Ltd on January 12, 2009. According to an official release, the project will adopt an advanced super-critical technology that will reduce carbon dioxide emissions, besides burning less fuel with higher output.

(This article was published in the Business Line print edition dated February 17, 2010)
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