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Thu, 07th Apr 2016 (Source:Times of India)
The Centre will soon initiate a fresh bidding process for the ambitious Ultra Mega Power Plant (UMPP) proposed at Bedabahal in Sundargarh district. The Union ministry of power recently informed the state government about it.
The Rs 30,000-crore UMPP is likely to generate 4,000 MW of power.
In January last year, the Centre scrapped the bidding process for two UMPP projects, including the one in Odisha, following poor response from private players.
Official sources said the Union ministry of power had finished preparing the standard bidding document (SBD) for the project and it would soon be placed before the cabinet for approval following which the bidding process will start.
The Odisha government had earlier objected to the SBD as it held the host state responsible for delay in implementation of the project.
According to the new SBD, the state government would be penalized for delay in acquisition of land, obtaining statutory clearances and getting necessary administrative approvals for the project.
"As a host state, we have already submitted out views and concerns related to the SBD. We hope the Centre would include them in the final tender papers," said an energy department officer.
Initially, private players like Adani Power, CLP India, GMR Energy, Jindal Steel and Power, JSW Energy and Sterlite Energy had evinced interest in the Bedabahal project. The private companies, however, pulled out of it due to hurdles in getting finance from banks.
On March 28, chief minister Naveen Patnaik wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, urging him to start the bidding process for the project.
The UMPP in Odisha would be developed through two special purpose vehicles - Odisha Integrated Power Ltd and Odisha Infra Power Ltd - both subsidiaries of Power Finance Corporation Ltd, a central PSU.
The Sundargarh district administration has acquired most of the required lands and handed them over to Odisha Industrial Infrastructure Development Corporation. The state government has also contributed Rs 350 crore towards the project, the sources added.