Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu has urged National Thermal Power Corporation to expedite the setting up of 4,000 MW plant at Pudimadaka near Visakhapatnam, even as NTPC has agreed to establish a 300 MW solar park in Guntur district through competitive bidding.

Anup Roy Choudhury, Chairman and Managing Director, NTPC and along with senior NTPC officials met Mr. Naidu here on Tuesday.

The Chief Minister also directed Principal Secretary, Industries, J. S.V. Prasad to finalise a suitable site within 15 days so that NTPC could go ahead with setting up the power project. Mr. Naidu also requested Mr. Choudhury to ensure 15 days coal stock at NTPC, Simhadri, according to an official release.

Mr.Choudhury informed the Chief Minister that about 200 MW from NTPC Jhajjar and 100 MW from NTPC Barh could be provided to Andhra Pradesh immediately. Mr. Naidu directed Energy Department to avail power from the above projects by entering into Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) for the projects. It was also decided to avail power from NTPC, Farakka on long-term basis.

NTPC CMD also agreed to spare their railway sliding and allow M/s Hinduja to take four rakes up to their coal yards. It would enable M/s Hinduja to commission their 2 X 520 MW at the earliest.