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NEEPCO asked to execute power project
Correspondent SHILLONG, DEC 16:
Published on 16 Dec. 2009 11:42 PM IST
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The Meghalaya government has asked the North East Electric Power Corporation Ltd (NEEPCO) to execute the proposed Narenggre thermal power project in East Garo Hills district. The 500 MW thermal power project has been pending since 2007 after the previous Meghalaya Progressive Alliance (MPA) government shelved the project due to alleged “shaddy deal”. “The State cabinet had already approved the project and a memorandum of agreement with North East Electric Power Corporation Ltd (NEEPCO)will be sign soon,” Deputy Chief Minister in-charge Power, Mukul M Sangma said here today. He said 10 per cent of the project cost estimated at Rs 3000 crore would be used for the development works in and around the project area. “We have also asked North East Electric Power Corporation Ltd (NEEPCO) to reserved eighty per cent of employment opportunities in group C and D categories for the indigenous people of the state,” Sangma said. The power production of the project is expected to be around 500 MW. With Garo Hills having sufficient coal reserves, the power production can be expected to be 1,000 MW or more on a long-term basis. In fact, Meghalaya urgently requires a mixture of 30 per cent thermal and 70 per cent hydro-power generation to ensure a reliable power system in the state.

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