The National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) and the Odisha government today decided to go for a joint venture to set up a 1600 MW power plant at Gajamara in Dhenkanal district.
The decision to set up the power plant was taken at a meeting between chief minister Naveen Patnaik and NTPC chairman and managing director (CMD) Arup Roy Choudhury.
NTPC has decided to invest in Odisha’s solar energy sector.
It is also setting up a 1600 MW super thermal power project at Darlipalli in the state’s Sundergarh district which is expected to be commissioned by 2018.
NTPC has also committed itself to establishing a medical college near Sundargarh at a cost of Rs 350 crore. “A very high class hospital will be built at Sundargarh. Mumbai-based Hafeez Contractor will make a presentation before the chief minister about the architectural design,” Choudhury said.
The NTPC chairman and managing director accepted chief minister Naveen Patnaik’s proposal to build 70 model schools in the state and set up a world class Industrial Training Institute (ITI) in Ganjam district, the home district of the chief minister.
It may be mentioned here that the state government, which is concerned over the quality of education and training in the state, has decided to have a model school in each block of the state based on the CBSE model.
The meeting was attended by Energy minister Pranab Prakash Das, chief secretary GC Pati, development commissioner AP Padhi and several senior officials of the state government and NTPC.