Cabinet approves proposal for higher power allocation to Telangana, Jharkhand
The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on February 6, 2019 approved the proposal of the Ministry of Power to allocate 85 per cent power from Telangana Super Thermal Power Project (4000MW) of NTPC Ltd to the Telangana government.
The cabinet also approved the proposal to allocate 85 per cent power from the expansion project of Patratu Thermal Power Station (4000MW) of Patratu Vidyut Utpadan Nigam Limited to the Jharkhand state government. Both the projects will be set up in two phases.
• The Telangana Super Thermal Power Project will come up at Ramagundam in Peddapalli district and the Patratu Super Thermal Power Station will come at Patratu in the Ramgarh district of Jharkhand.
• The first phase of the TSTPP will comprise two units of 800 MW each and second phase for three units of 800 MW each.
• The Patratu Thermal Power Station (PTPS) will comprise three units of 800 MW each in the first phase while two units 800 MW each in the second phase.
• The Andhra Pradesh Reorganization Act, 2014 mandates that TPC shall establish a 4000 MW power facility in the successor state Telangana, as mentioned in the Thirteenth Schedule of the Act.
• The allocation of 85 per cent power from PTPS expansion project (4000MW) was the prime condition in the joint venture agreement between Jharkhand government and NTPC Ltd. for 4000 MW capacity expansion of PTPS.
• Currently, the phase-I of both the projects is under construction.
The Telangana Super Thermal Power Project is expected to commission in the third quarter of 2020-2021.
As per the investment approval dated January 29, 2016, the indicative completion cost of the Telangana Super Thermal Power Project (TSTPP) is Rs 11811.26 cr out of which Rs 1849 cr expenditure have been incurred upto March 2018.
Further, Phase-I of Patratu Super Thermal Power Station is expected to commission in the fourth quarter of 2022-2023.
As per the investment approval dated October 30, 2017, the indicative completion cost of the PTPS expansion project is Rs 18668 crores out of which Rs 247.66 crore expenditure have been incurred upto March, 2018.
The higher allocation of power to Telangana will ensure that the central government has taken the necessary measures as enumerated in the thirteenth schedule of the AP reorganisation act, for the progress and sustainable development of the successor states.
On the other hand, the higher allocation of power to Jharkhand will help in improving the power scenario of the state. It will facilitate the mission of the government towards providing power to all.