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State land acquisition dilemmas continue to handcuff the progress of new Ultra Mega Power Projects (UMPP)

The appeals filed by Anil Ambani-led Reliance Power Ltd (RPL) on acquiring land for its proposed Dadri power project in Uttar Pradesh hit a roadblock in the Supreme Court today, as one of the judges had apparently heard the case when he was in the Allahabad High Court.

The Supreme Court today issued notices to Reliance Gas Transportation and Infrastructure Ltd, and the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas on the appeals moved by more than 50 land owners of Surat, alleging that the Mukesh Ambani-led company had not paid them adequate compensation for acquisition.

The Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) and the Power Trading Corporation (PTC) of India Limited have formed a joint venture company Barak Power Private Limited (BPPL) to set up a 250MW thermal power plant at Silchar.

Ludhiana: Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal has included names of four members from the industry in the high-level committee constituted for fixing norms at inlet and outlet of common effluent treatment plants to be set up in Ludhiana.

Ranchi, Sept. 8: Chief executive officer (CEO) of Abhijeet Group Arun Gupta today assured Governor K. Sankaranarayanan that the power plant being set up by the company in Latehar would begin production by 2011.

The much-talked-about 8th draft coal policy was not approved at the Advisory Council meeting due to strong differences over the issues of payment of royalty, acquisition of land, and quite a large number of ambiguities in it.

Sources at the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources told The New Nation yesterday that the draft coal policy was sent back to the ministry concerned for further scrutiny.

Besides, the meeting of the Council of Advisers held on Wednesday in Chittagong suggested to make the draft coal policy smaller in size removing all the ambiguities.

Indigenous rights groups praised Peru's petroleum agency on Thursday for excluding areas where isolated tribes live from an auction of oil and gas concessions. Rights groups say the decision is a turnaround for Perupetro, which previously had indicated it might open up the protected areas for bidding. "This decision acknowledges a certain standard ... that there will be no exploration or extraction of natural resources on lands inhabited by un-contacted tribes," said David Hill, a researcher with Survival International, an advocacy group.

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