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Sampur in the Spotlight after Indian RTI Request

By Groundviews - Wed Jun 22, 1:46 am

Featured image courtesy TamilGuardian

The Sampur power plant project has come under further scrutiny, following a project synopsis released by the Public Information Officer of NTPC Ltd, India’s largest energy conglomerate.

Among other things, it was revealed that environmental clearance for the project was still awaited as late as February 2015. Clearance has been given to the project to proceed despite concerns raised by environmentalist groups, including a Fundamental Rights case filed by Environmental Foundation (Guarantee) Ltd, an organisation dedicated to environmental protection through litigation.

The Ceylon Electricity Board, tasked with almost all the electricity generation, transmission, distribution and retailing in Sri Lanka has tied up with NTPC for the Sampur project, setting up a joint venture company called Trincomalee Power Corporation Limited (TPCL), in which both companies have a 50:50 equity partnership.

The synopsis was released following an RTI request filed by Venkatesh Nayak from the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI). In 2014, Nayak made a request for a list of all records, including documents in electronic form, as well as copies of the Joint venture, implementation, board of investment, land lease, coal supply and power purchase agreements from NTPC, under India’s 2005 RTI Act….

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