MOHAMMAD ZIAUDDIN | REPORTS out of the Rohingya refugee camps in Bangladesh usually focus on the massive humanitarian efforts carried out by host country and its international partners. Together, they have supplied food, education, housing and medicine for hundreds of thousands of people with no other place to go. Even more remarkable is what has not happened….
The Tripura government will soon start dialogue for purchase of 26% equity shares of the Palatana gas thermal power project from Infrastructure Leasing and Financial Services (IL&FS).
The 726.6 Megawatt (MW) gas–based power project, run by ONGC Tripura Power Company (OTPC), was launched in 2014 as a joint venture between ONGC, IDFC, IL&FS and the Tripura government.
“The state of Tripura owns 0.5% share in the project. We have come to know from the central government that IL&FS will offload its entire 26% stake. We are in the process of opening dialogue with them to buy all the shares because the Palatana power project is a very profitable company,” law minister Ratan Lal Nath said.
The ministry of power allocated over 58% energy from the Palatana project to north eastern states. Among these, Assam was allocated 240 MW, Tripura got 196 MW, Meghalaya 79 MW, Manipur 42 MW, Nagaland was granted 27 MW, Arunachal Pradesh and Mizoram were allocated 22 MW each. ONGC Tripura Power Company (OTPC) reserved 98 MW for merchant sales.
Tripura owns 0.5% share in the project. We have come to know from the central government that IL&FS will offload its entire 26% stake. We are in the process of opening dialogue with them to buy all the shares because the Palatana power project is a very profitable company
Out of Tripura’s share in the projects output, the state government is selling 160 MW on a daily basis to neighbouring Bangladesh.
IL&FS purchased 26% equity shares at Rs 291.20 crore. With increase in value, the equity shares are now estimated at Rs 300 crore, Nath said. The value of the shares was likely to appreciate further, he added. ■