Odisha Channel Bureau
BHUBANESWAR: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Friday urged the Centre to consider 25 to 33 percent free power from the coal fired thermal generating stations to the host States.
Patnaik raised the demand when Union Power Secretary Ajay Bhalla met him at the State Secretariat here and discussed on several issues relating to the power sector and electrification in Odisha.
During the discussion, Patnaik raised several issues including power allocation, rural electrification and ultra mega power project, according to an official release.
The Chief Minister also asked for de-allocation of costly NTPC power from stations located in Odisha.
He said that allocations from NTPC plants within the State and other State thermal plants are adequate and there is no requirement of additional power from NTPC stations outside Odisha.
The Chief Minister stressed on the need for inclusion of SECC households and partially electrified villages under the Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Gram Jyoti Yojana scheme to achieve 100 percent household electrification.
Patnaik emphasised to speed up the finalisation of standard bidding document (SBD) for the ultra mega power project at Bedabahal in Sundergarh district. The SBD is pending for approval for more than three years, he said.