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 Post Posted: Fri Jun 29, 2007 5:30 pm 
LTTE shadow over NTPC project

The Sri Lankan government has suggested the Sampur area as an alternative and told NTPC that it has embarked on a project for providing infrastructure facilities such as access roads and jetties in the area. NTPC, however, feels building the power plant on this site could have political fallout in India as this was wrested from the Tamil Tigers.

@ TIMES NEWS NETWORK / 29 Jun, 2007
BylSanjay Dutta


NEW DELHI: State-owned NTPC has expressed apprehensions over the political fallout in India over the choice of site suggested by the Sri Lankan government for setting up a power project by a joint venture between the Indian generation utility and Ceylon Electricity Board. The proposed area, identified as Site 5 in Sampur, was wrested from the LTTE and is approachable only by boats.

NTPC had signed an MoU in December 2006 with the Sri Lankan government and Ceylon Electricity Board for setting up a 500 mw power project in that country. In January, the Sri Lankan government took a visiting NTPC team for inspection to four sites it had earmarked for the power project. These sites were in Tambalgam Bay, two in Clappenburg Bay and one in Sampur area.

The NTPC team recommended that the project be located southwest of Clappenburg Bay. It suggested Tambalgam Bay for the project township and wanted to re-examine the Sampur area as a site for setting up another power project at a later date.

NTPC’s choice of site for the power project, however, ran aground with the Sri Lankan defence ministry on technical ground. Sri Lanka is re-establishing the Air Force Flying Academy in China Bay and southwest Clappenberg Bay falls within the circuit flying area.

Thus, any major construction in the area is seen as hampering pilot training.

Besides, since the suggested project site is within 4,464 metre of the air strip, no structures higher than 45 metre can be constructed. The project site is also adjacent to a Sri Lankan naval dockyard and construction of a power project is seen as hindering naval deployment in the area.

The Sri Lankan government has suggested the Sampur area as an alternative and told NTPC that it has embarked on a project for providing infrastructure facilities such as access roads and jetties in the area. NTPC, however, feels building the power plant on this site could have political fallout in India as this was wrested from the Tamil Tigers.

Besides, the area is accessible only by boats and would require huge investments in building infrastructure such as bridges etc. NTPC has now sought external affairs ministry’s views on the issue.


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