Puducherry, NTPC sign MoU

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Puducherry, Oct 16 (UNI) The Puducherry Administration today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) for sharing power from its thermal power station in Andhra Pradesh.

NTPC Executive Director Indrajit Kapoor and Puducherry Power Secretary A C Varma signed the MoU in the presence of Minister for Power and Industries V Vaithilingam here today.

Talking to newspersons Mr Vaithilingam said the administration had sought 50 MW of power from the thermal power station at Simmathiri in Andhra Pradesh during its expansion.

However, the Centre would finalise the quantum of power to be provided for the Union Territory, he said, adding the cost per unit was 228 paise.

The plant was expected to be commisioned after expansion in the 11th Plan period, he said and addeed the power from Simmathiri plant would fulfil the future requirements.

Mr Vaithilingam said an allocation of Rs 167 crore was required for the electricity department here in the last five years, however, only Rs 153 crore was sanctioned resulting in the delay in executing works with the department.

Despite this, the department was making efforts to execute works without causing any inconvenience to the public, he said.

Mr Vaithilingam, who is also holding the agriculture portfolio said there was no provision in the agriculture department to prevent the conversion of fertile land for housing purposes.

It was the town planning authority to monitor it since an NOC from them was a must to construct houses, he added.

He also said funds to provide paddy subsidy till June this year had been allocated and from July onwards details of the paddy procurement was being calculated, and Rs 3,000 per hectare would be provided with in one month.


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