Visakhapatnam, September 16, 2007
1,000 MV SSTPP will be built at an estimated cost of Rs.5,038 crore
The Union Minister for Power, Sushil Kumar Shinde after laying foundation stone for the Stage II of 1,000 MW NTPC's Simhadri Super Thermal Power Project (SSTPP) at Parawada on Sunday said that he came across complaints of ignoring local youth in employment and problems in rehabilitation in several States in the country. He stated that a new mechanism is being worked out to take care of employment and rehabilitation problems being faced by displaced persons in all power projects in the country. Several representations were received from Parawada MLA Gandi Babji seeking redressing of such grievances in relation to the SSTPP.
Shinde said that the local youth would be trained suitably to meet the company's requirement six months before the project commences starting with the Stage II of SSTPP. He said that the State II of the project would be built at an estimated coast of Rs.5,038 crore while the SSTPP's existing capacity is 1,000 MW. He added that by the end of 11th plan, the NTPC would invest Rs.5,000 crore on setting up another 2,500 MW in the country.
Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, Dr. YS Rajasekhara Reddy called upon all mega project promoters to take into consideration pollution problems seriously while executing projects. He complimented the NTPC for maintaining world class standards. He appealed to its Chairman T Sankaralingam and the Union Minister for Power to offer power at an affordable price to the consumers. Mohammed Shabbier Ali, the Minister for Power appealed to the Union Minister to allocate 85 percent of the power produced by NTPC projects in the State for the State requirement.
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