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NE power ministers to demand funds from PM

Written by: Staff
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Agartala, Sep 14 (UNI) Power Ministers of the North Eastern states will urge Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to allot funds for various pending power projects.

A decision to this effect was taken in the third North Eastern Regional Power Committee (NERPC) meeting, which concluded yesterday, at the capital city. The meeting was chaired by state Power Minister Manik Dey.

Talking to mediapersons, Mr Dey said all the Power Ministers of the NE states have decided unanimously to call upon the PM and place a joint memorendum before him.

''The pending issue regarding the 21 Mega Watt(MW) gas based thermal power project at Baramura and the Monarchowk 280 MW gas based project will also be included,'' the Minister informed.

The state has demanded approval of the Baramura project by the Ministry of Finance with funding of 90:10 (grant:loan). But the Union Finance Ministry has refused to accept the proposal and stated that the funding would be on 70:30 basis.

Recently, the North Eastern MPs Forum had called upon the PM regarding the issue who has reportedly agreed to it.

Mr Dey expressed deep dissatisfaction at the decision of the Union Finance Ministry regarding the Monarchowk project.

''The ONGC has already made it clear that they will supply 0.5 MMSCMD Gas for the project. Surprisingly,'' Union Finance Minister P Chidambaram said in a letter and denied approval of the project in view of Palatana being constructed by ONGC.

He further informed that the state Power Ministers would also approach the Prime Minister and request him to release balance 70 crores to Dimapur Thermal power project for completion of the same.

''We will demand subsidy to the price of furnace oil for Bairabi Power Station in Mizoram,'' Mr Dey added.

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