Wednesday, December 6, 2023

Centre to aid Jharkhand in completing pending power projects: Piyush Goyal

Ranchi: Union Minister of State (independent charge) for Energy Piyush Goyal today assured the state government of all possible help from the Central government to complete various pending power plant projects in Jharkhand.

Goyal, who arrived in the state Capital today on the eve of the proposed programme of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, said the Central government would soon be completing the North Karnapura Super Thermal Power Plant project in Tandwa of Chatra district.

The project was inaugurated during the tenure of Atal Behari Vajpayee as the PM a decade ago. The project was stalled later and put on the backburner, he said.

�The North Karnapura Project has certainly been delayed, but it will soon be completed. Tenders are being floated for this project,� said the MoS.

Goyal said the PM was going to gift Jharkhand many schemes related to Information Technology and Petroleum Ministry to fuel faster development of the state.

He said he would be meeting CM Hemant Soren and the state bureaucrats to find out solution to the roadblocks hindering smooth implementation of various pending projects. He said politics should be avoided on development issues.

The MoS said, �Jharkhand has received Rs 1270 crore in coal royalty. If the state produces power, more than one lakh youths will get employment in Jharkhand and the country will get surplus power.�

Goyal said several national and international companies had shown interest in making investments in power projects in Jharkhand during the tenure of former CM Arjun Munda.

But later, succeeding governments did not show interest in pursuing the projects. �In the next few months, a new government would be voted into power in Jharkhand. The Central government will implement all pending projects with the help of the new government in the state,� he said.

The minister said several steps had been taken to minimize environmental damage caused by coal mining. He said the government had the aim of providing power supply to each and every household.

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