The Talcher Thermal Power Station (TTPS) in Angul District went shut down by a sudden notice from Tuesday mid-night. Several workers’ unions have stood up against the company and the central government after the matter.
Trade unions and the general public will launch an agitation against the plan, warned CITU (Centre of Indian Trade Unions). The Indian trade union terms the shut- down a plan. The Central Government and the NTPC have colluded to hurt the livelihood of thousands of people in Talcher and Angul, said CITU in a press meet on March 24. “The TTPS management had not followed the legal obligations before powering down the plant”
However, the company has cited labor issue as the reason behind the shut- down decision.
TTPS is a coal-fueled power plant of 460 MW with six units. The plant was under the Odisha Government before NTPC acquired it in 1995. Commissioned in 1968 the plant has grown to 460 MW in two phases. Its phase- three expansion is in the pipeline. However, there is a speculative delay in its beginning. Some say that the project is stuck at business negation between the Odisha government and NTPC.
Thousands of regular and contractual workers will lose their livelihood; the economic backbone of the region will receive a hit badly. The government should look into the matter, urges the trade union. It suggested that the government should consider the plant’s renovation, rather than closure.
TTPS has set to close the plant from March 31, as its 20 –year environmental permission ends on that day.
NTPC has planned to install two- 660 MW units for TTPS as an expansion exercise way back in 2010. It floated Rs 8900 for the project in September 2018, and sought Odisha government’s clearance. Odisha government took nearly one and half year before it approved the plan. Since then, there is no visible progress.
Trade unions warn massive strike against the TTPS Shut-down “plan”