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NTPC officials disappointed over 'poor' utilization of community development fund

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  21 April 2015 12:00 AM GMT

From our Correspondent

KOKRAJHAR, April 20: The officials of tiol Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC), which is constructing the 750 MW Bongaigaon Thermal Power Project (BgTPP) at Salakati in Kokrajhar district, expressed their disappointment over the poor utilization of community development fund released by the corporation.

At a press conference held recently at the NTPC office in Salakati, Group General Mager (GGM) Utpal Chakrabarti and Assistant General Mager (C&M) KR Mondal said NTPC had spent a lot of money for the local area development from its community development fund and had taken up a number of schemes but they were not satisfied with the works. The officials disclosed that the NTPC had been keeping an eye on certain subjects for the welfare of the local people and their benefit.

Mondal said the NTPC had released Rs 50 lakh to the Department of Sericulture, BTC for production of cloth engaging the local weavers but the result was not visible. He said NTPC had no idea how the fund was utilized. He said the corporation had sanctioned fincial aid for construction of 180 public toilets in the locality but this project too had not yielded result. One of the most important schemes taken by the NTPC was construction of RCC bridge over the Tharong River replacing the existing wooden bridge at Haloadal in Titaguri-Salakati road. The Titaguri-Salakati road is very important road for communication. NTPC has allocated Rs 3 crore for the construction of the RCC bridge which was to be constructed by the PWD (Roads), Kokrajhar. Mondal said the NTPC was ready to release the fund to carry out the construction but the PWD (R) had not even started the initial work.

GGM Utpal Chakrabarti said NTPC had set up an ITI near BgTPP and the classes had started. There are four trades with 40 seats in each trade but only 116 students have taken admission so far. He said the local people were in need of more awareness to avail the opportunity. He also said the NTPC had been extending fincial aid to local NGOs that were working for the welfare of the locality.

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