‘Bandh culture’ delays NTPC’s project by 2 yrs: Power Minister

‘Bandh culture’ has hit Assam’s aim to become self-sufficient in power generation with PSU firm NTPC’s ambitious Rs 4,720 crore Bongaigaon Thermal Power Project getting delayed by two years, state Power Minister Pradyut Bordoloi said Monday.

The project, which is being set up at Salakati in Kokrajhar district and is envisaged to generate 750 MW power, was scheduled to be commissioned by March 2012.

“We are suffering because of the bandh culture. We would have been self-sufficient in power had the NTPC’s Bongaigaon project completed on time. I hope, it will be commissioned in 2014,” Assam Power Minister Pradyut Bordoloi told reporters.

Currently, Assam is power deficient by 200 MW, so with the Bongaigaon project coming on stream, the state will become a power-surplus one, he added.

NTPC got investment approval to the project in January 2008 and the main plant award was placed within one month. The entire project is spread over an area of 964 acres.

The country’s largest power generation firm is constructing three units with 250 MW capacity each. All the three units were scheduled for commissioning during 11th Plan.

 

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