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TTPS shut down, power supply to state snapped

From BKRout.

 

Angul -Nine days ahead of the closure ,The authorities of talcher Thermal power station (TTPS) has shut down all the six units of 460 Mw power plant from Tuesday morning due to what they said non availability of the man power to feed coal to the units .

 

“we started shutting down units from mid night and by morning all the six units were shut down “said a top TTPS authority .He said that the contractual workers are on strike opposing  the closure of the plant so that coal intake into the unit was seriously affected leading to shut down.

 

Stating that it is not the closure but merely a shut down he said that talks are under way with striking workers to run these units   by ending the strike.

 

With the shut down, the supply of these 460 Mw of power to state has stopped leading the crisis of the power situation in the state .As per the agreement Odisha was taking all power from TTPS at the cheapest rate from 1995 .

 

 

 The life term of TTPS a unit of NTPC expires on March 31 as  per the stipulations of CERC.The plant will be closed  on that day and for that all preparations has been completed with the serving of notices to all contractual and contract employees numbering about 2000.

 

Meanwhile the fate of new expansion 1320 Mw units which was to come in the place of this old plant is uncertain with NTPC showing little interest on it .It had advanced its efforts in 2018 even floating tenders for the power plant .but due to want of state government clearance it could  not go ahead with the project.Now the state has given its b nod in February 2020 but NTPC seems lacking interest n this project. Sources also said that there still disagreements between the state government and NTPC over some issues like tariff and others which comes as a road block on the project.

 

Meanwhile locals under the leadership of Local MP Mahesh sahu have launched a stir to oppose the closure and to bring the expansion units. Stating that the closure of the power plant will affect thousands of people of the state Sahu has urged the prime minister and union power minister  to intervene in the matter so as to start the  new project soon .

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