VIDC to stop 110 MM3 water supply to NTPC Mouda

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 31 Aug 2018 09:59:43


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Asks NTPC to make alternative arrangements for power generation

To discuss the critical issue, a meeting will be held on September 3

In a major development, Vidarbha Irrigation Development Corporation (VIDC) has directed National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) to make alternative arrangements of water for power generation. VIDC has decided to stop supply of 100 MM3 raw water to NTPC Mouda. In its letter to NTPC, VIDC stated that the corporation should make arrangements for alternative source of water under Recycle and Reuse policy of the State Government.

It may be mentioned that Central Government has directed all the State governments to stop using river and lake water for the thermal power generation, situated in a range of 50 kms. This also covers NTPC situated in Mouda near Nagpur.  A meeting will be held on September 3 at 11.30 am to discuss this critical issue.

Presently, VIDC is providing 100 MM3 water from Gosikhurd dam to NTPC Mouda for power generation.
However, it could not continue with the water supply to the plant as per the new policy of Central and State governments. J M Sheikh, Superintending Engineer of Gosikhurd Project, informed ‘The Hitavada’ that Municipal Commissioner of Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC), Ashwin Mudgal; General Manager of NTPC, Dr Pawan Labhshetwar of NEERI, and Superintending Engineer of Catchment Area Development Authority (CADA) will be invited for the meeting.

As per agreement signed with NTPC on August 22, 2011, the Gosikhurd Project is supplying 100 MM3 water to NTPC Mouda. The agreement will be renewed on an assurance from NTPC to use treated sewage water instead of raw water of Gosikhurd Project for the next five years.  Presently, NMC is supplying treated water to Mahagenco for Koradi power plant. The local body is earning Rs 18 crore per annum from the Mahagenco.

In view of depleting water resources, it is necessary to stop supply of fresh water to industrial units asking them to use recycled water.  Recently, NMC had signed an agreement with State run Mahagenco for supply of additional water for its Koradi and Khaperkheda thermal power plants. Vishwaraj Infra Projects is implementing this project.
Now, NTPC will have to apply for supply of sewage water from NMC. This will generate additional income for the cash-strapped local body.

It may be added that NTPC is generating 2,320 MW electricity in Mouda. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had dedicated this ambitious project to the nation.