NTPC seeks protection for 1,600 MW Gadarwara project
State-owned power utility NTPC Ltd has fulfilled all its commitments for acquisition of land for its 1,600 MW Gadarwara power project and will continue to work towards local area development and betterment of affected people even after the project goes on stream.
The payment for the land is as per the rate decided by the government. As per the agreement, NTPC paid Rs 14.5 lakh per acre for irrigated land and Rs 10.5 lakh for non-irrigated land as a package. This apart, the corporation also paid Rs 3.5 lakh per acre(Minimum Rs 3 lakh) as one-time payment in lieu of employment as rehabilitation grant and the agreement made it clear that no additional money or employment will neither be demanded nor will be accepted.
However, the agitation by the local villagers has impacted the project work as about 3,000 specialised workforce has left the site and the work has come to stand still from December 22. This is likely to impact adversely the project commissioning schedule which is targeted by the end of current financial year ie March, 2018.
Project management has approached district and state administration for safety of project site and workers for resuming the work as heavy machines and equipment has landed at the site and lying idle.