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Odisha CM to discuss water issue for Utkal Alumina project from Hirakud with union minister

Friday, Aug 30, 2013

Union Water Resources Minister to meet Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik over issue of water for Utkal Alumina project from Hirakud reservoir. This was informed by the Finance Min P Chidambaram after the meeting of The Cabinet Committee on Investment (CCI).

Finance Minister P. Chidambaram said as far as the Utkal Alumina plant in Odisha is concerned, there is only one issue which is that the water for the project should be drawn from the Hirakud reservoir. "Ministry of Water Resources has written more than once to the Odisha government but there is no response. The Minister of Water Resources has been advised to meet the Chief Minister of Odisha to find out why the state government is not taking any decision on the matter," Chidambaram said.

It may be noted that The Cabinet Committee on Investment under Prime Minister Manmohan Singh that met on Monday to kickstart infrastructure projects worth Rs. 1.9 lakh crore has paved the way for as many as 28 stalled power projects involving an investment of Rs. 50,000 crore.

Talking to newsmen here on Tuesday, Finance Minister P. Chidambaram said among 18 major projects in the power sector entailing an investment of Rs.83,773 crore were cleared by the CCI with instructions to the Ministry and the regulatory bodies concerned to put in place all clearances. Similarly, 18 others in sectors such as road, railways, petroleum and gas were also given the green signal.

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