Bhubaneswar: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said that the state government recommends Centre about Hindalco’s application for Talabira II block for best interest of the state. CM Naveen Patnaik in a press statement said that, “The State Government gives utmost importance to mineral development in the State taking into account the abundant reserves of bauxite, iron ore and coal, since this would mean value addition in the state leading to more jobs for our people and more revenue for the Government for our own development programmes.”
CM Patnaik further added that, “Therefore, keeping the best interests of the state in mind, the Chief Minister had written a letter to the Hon’ble PM indicating that HlNDALCO’s request for the Talabira ll coal block in the lb valley of Jharsuguda district be examined. The company was setting up an aluminium smelter of a capacity of 260,000 tonnes per annum in Sambalpur district, adjoining Jharsuguda, for which they needed a captive power plant of 900 MW capacity. Since power is a major raw material for an aluminium project and such a project has the added benefit of promoting value addition in the State, thereby adding to our revenue and generating employment, we had asked the Central Government to examine the request of HINDALCO. The State Government has all along held that higher priority be given to units adding more value in our state instead of sending the raw material to some other state”
He said as per the procedure for coal block allocation, the final decision rests with the Central Government. Talabira ll block was allocated jointly to MCL, NLC and HINDALCO in November 2005 by the Central Government.