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Nod for private firms to generate power

Rajesh B. Nair

Three firms to set up units at Karaikal and Yanam regions


Setting up of one unit will cost around Rs. 1,500 crore: Chief Minister

Free power was one of the conditions put by administration in giving NOC


PUDUCHERRY: The government has given a no-objection certificate to three private firms to set up fuel- based power generating units at Karaikal and Yanam regions, Chief Minister V. Vaithilingam has said.

Permission was given to the companies to generate 250 MW each to three separate companies. Setting up of one unit would cost around Rs. 1500 crore, the Chief Minister told reporters on Thursday

Reliable sources told The Hindu that permission was given to companies Koundaneshya to establish a unit at Karaikal, Yanam Power Generation Corporation Private Limited and AVR Vidyut at Yanam region.

An expression of interest was floated in this regard a year ago, and the three players accepted the invitation to establish the unit and agreed to provide 10 per cent of the total power generated to the Union Territory free of cost. Free power was one of the conditions put by the administration in giving no objection certificate, sources said.

Similarly, Puducherry Power Corporation Limited would establish a generating unit at Yanam, the Chief Minister said.

Quota for fishermen

The Chief Minister also mentioned the Cabinet decision to provide two per cent reservation to fishermen from within 20 per cent quota meant for Most Backward Classes and two per cent reservation for Muslims from the Other Backward Classes quota of 13 per cent. It would come into force on immediate basis.

Ad-hoc basis

However, the Chief Minister said the quota for fishermen and Muslims would be on ad-hoc basis as the government had launched a caste survey to find out actual beneficiaries.

A Commission appointed by the government would take a final decision on the percentage of reservation for each caste after the survey, he said.

It is also learnt that Wednesday's Cabinet meeting also took a decision to waive registration fee for the land to be given to the government by Aurobindo Ashram.

The land near the new Government Women and Child Hospital at Ellaipillaichavady measuring around 3 acres would be given to the territorial administration as a gift.

In response, the government would relinquish claim for a piece of land opposite Chief Secretariat on the Beach, which it had given to the Ashram for lease long time ago.

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