Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa has written a letter to the Prime Minister urging him to direct the Ministry of Environment and Clarence to give clearance for the 2x600 Mw North Chennai Thermal Power Project Stage-II at an estimated cost of Rs 5,813 crore.
The project, which is in the final stage of commencement, was originally planned by Videocon Power Limited, which had obtained environmental clearance for setting up 2x525 Mw with validity up to May 2006. However, due to various reasons, it could not develop it.
“After delaying the issue of environmental clearance for the project for the past six years, the Union Ministry of Environment and Forests has now advised the state government to ask TN Generation and Distribution Corporation Limited, a fully-owned power utility of the government of Tamil Nadu to apply afresh for environmental clearance in accordance with the provisions under the Environmental Impact Assessment Notification 2006,” Jayalalithaa stated. TN took up the project through the TN Electricity Board now TN Generation and Distribution Corporation Limited within the validity period.