Jharkhand denies BJP MP’s claim on power project

Ranchi, March 14 (IANS) The Jharkhand government on Monday denied Bharatiya Janata Party MP Nishikant Dubey’s claim that the Adani GHroup had decided to withdraw from the 1,600 MW thermal power project in the state.

“Till now, we have no official information that the Adani Group has decided to withdraw from the project proposed to be set up in Godda district,” Eenergy department principal secretary S.K. Rahate told IANS.

Dubey, Lok Sabha member from Deoghar, told reporters in Deoghar on Sunday that the group had made clear that it would withdraw from the power project.

The Adani Power company signed a memorandum of understanding with the state government in February during the ‘Make in India’ event held in Mumbai to set up the thermal power plant at a cost of Rs.15,000 crore.

The power generated from the plant was planned to be sold to Bangladesh.

The opposition parties in Jharkhand questioned the MoU terms, claiming that the deal was inked to benefit the group by Rs.5,000 crore.

Last week, the Jharkhand assembly witnessed disruptions for three days as the opposition twice brought adjournment motions in the house regarding reduction of land rates in Santhal Pargana to allegedly benefit the Adani Group.

Jharkhand Vikas Morcha-Prajatantrik legislator Pradeep Yadav, while raising the issue in the assembly on Friday, said: “The Jharkhand Energy Policy 2012 has been overlooked while signing the MoU with the Adani Group company, as per which 25 percent of the installed capacity of a thermal power plant in Jharkhand will go to the state and the rate decided by the Jharkhand Electricity Regulatory Authority. The Adani Group will provide 25 percent power from an alternative source, which is violation of the 2012 policy.”

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