Shinde lays foundation stone of 1,000 MW power project

March 1st, 2008 - 7:52 pm ICT by admin  

Ranchi, March 1 (IANS) Union Power Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde laid the foundation stone of a 1,000 MW thermal power plant in Bajedia of Koderma district of Jharkhand, around 190 km from here as people displaced by the project demonstrated for compensation. The plant will come up with an investment of Rs.50 billion ($1.25 billion). According to the plan, two thermal power plant units, each with 500 MW capacity, will be set up in five to six years.

While Shinde was laying the foundation stone of the power plant, hundreds of people displaced by the project gathered outside under the banner of Bisthapit Utthan Morcha demanding proper compensation. They alleged that the government has not distributed compensation dues to the displaced.

In a bid to pacify the angry protestors, Chief Minister Koda said the displaced would be given due compensation. The union minister has also assured due compensation to the displaced.

“We have shortage of energy and this power plant will help the state in meeting the needs of power,” said Shinde.

The plant will be under Damodar Valley Corp (DVC), which will acquire a total of 1,851 acres of land.

This is biggest project of the DVC in the state.

The minister also laid the foundation stone of an industrial training institute (ITI). The people who are trained at the ITI would be given jobs in the thermal power plant. Chief Minister Madhu Koda and many senior officials also attended the ceremony.

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