Odisha may get another UMPP at Gajamara

The Bhedabahal UMPP needs 3,246 acres land in all that includes 2,733 acres private land, 444 acres government land and the rest 69 acres revenue forest land.

After Bhedabahal, the site of the first ultra mega power project (UMPP) in the state near Sundargarh, Odisha is likely to bag another UMPP. The state government has already chosen the site for the next UMPP.

“We have selected Gajamara as the site for the next UMPP. The site is a very strategic location being situated close to coal mines. We proposed this site to the Union power minister Piyush Goyal today and he has given his consent. The state government has offered 1,700 acres of land for the UMPP”, a top state official told Business Standard.

Goyal today held discussions with chief minister Naveen Patnaik on a range of issues relating to coal and power sectors.

He said the Union power ministry has already finalised the standard bidding documents (SBDs) to facilitate rebidding for UMPPs.

Fresh bids for the Bhedabahal UMPP are set to be invited by October this year.

In December last year, the Union power ministry decided to cancel the bidding process for Odisha and Tamil Nadu UMPPs. The bidding process had initiated in 2012. The ministry instead, decided to have a re-look at the SBDs and constituted a committee for the purpose.

The Power Ministry’s decision to revise the SBDs stemmed from the pull out of the private players from the bidding process. Adani Power Ltd, CLP India Ltd, Jindal Power Ltd, JSW Energy Ltd, Larsen & Toubro Ltd (L&T), National Hydro Power Corporation Ltd (NHPC), NTPC Ltd, Sterlite Infraventures Ltd and Tata Power Ltd had responded to applications of Odisha Integrated Power Ltd (OIPL), a subsidiary floated by Power Finance Corporation (PFC) for Bhedabahal UMPP.

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