If PM Manmohan Singh’s efforts to perk up India’s slowing growth are not quite paying off, the case of a 1,900 MW power plant cleared by the Cabinet Committee on Investment (CCI) on Wednesday —12 years after it received all approvals — may provide a part of the answer.

The foundation stone of NTPC’s proposed plant at Chatra in Jharkhand was laid by then PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee in 1999. But a relentless turf war all but put paid to Rs 250 crore invested by NTPC since 2000.