(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)
June 21, 2009
Govt Inactive on Scam-Delayed Barh Power Project
Below we publish excerpts from the letter sent by Tapan Sen, MP and CITU secretary, on June 15, to Sushil Kumar Shinde, minister of power, regarding the scam-induced delay in execution of the NTPC super power thermal project (1980 MW) at Barh, Bihar.
I TAKE this opportunity to thankfully acknowledge the belated response to my letter addressed to hon’ble prime minister dated September 30, 2008 regarding the scam-induced delay in execution of the NTPC’s super thermal power project (1980 MW) at Barh, Bihar as well as the failure of the government in commissioning the 2700 MW gas based power plant of NTPC at Kawas and Gandhar.
I regret to note that your reply is totally silent, even after 9 months, on the scam part of the Barh super thermal power project. I had specifically referred to this confirmation from INTERPOL regarding Rs 90 crore kickbacks allegedly paid by the Russian firm in a London bank account of the Indian recipient whose name was also disclosed in a report by The Economic Times dated June 18, 2008. I fail to understand as to why the government is keeping silent on the follow-up on this kickback even though case was registered by CBI in 2006.
As CBI is not under your control, I am forwarding a copy of this letter to the hon’ble prime minister again to take immediate action, so that the persons involved in the kickback which has delayed the 1980 MW project by more than 42 months as accepted by you, are brought to book.
total silence on the non-availability of gas from KG-D6 Basin which has
the commissioning of 2700 MW gas based power plant of NTPC at Kawas and
is equally perplexing. In this connection, kindly refer to the reply by
of power to the unstarred question Number 496 dated 20.02.2009 in Lok
it had been stated: “After the
issuance of LOI, RIL did not come forward to sign the Gas
In view of the above, it is shocking that just after the election the new government has reportedly given the NTPC Ltd an ultimatum to decide on buying natural gas from Reliance Industries on their terms, failing which it will cancel its allocation and give the fuel to other power producers.
The Government owes an explanation for sudden reversal of their stand after the election, which, inter alia, means that instead of supporting the government owned company, NTPC, the government has decided to back a private gas producer which has been responsible for delaying for years the power generation by NTPC for public good.
of this letter was forwarded to the prime
minister, Dr Manmohan Singh. (