Santosh Patnaik

No water supply to the plant

VISAKHAPATNAM: The resolution by Greater Visakha Municipal Corporation to not supply Godavari waters has come as a big jolt to JSW Aluminium Limited at a time when the latter’s management was celebrating the allotment of 1,086 acres near S. Kota for its Rs.4,000-crore alumina refinery at Boddavara.

The GVMC council vetoed the Municipal Commissioner’s promise to supply eight mgd fromGodavari project.

Resolution

The council at its Tuesday’s meeting adopted a resolution not to supply any quantity from 40 mgd the GVMC was getting from Yeleru canal.

When contacted, Ramesh Ch. Swain, Head Project, JSW Aluminium Limited, said they were yet to receive any communication on GVMC decision.

He declined to comment on their future course of action.

The GVMC, vide its letter RC No. 996/2006-07/EE (WSP)/GVMC dated May 28, 2007, communicated to the company that water for the project would be given from industrial allocation from Godavari project.

Pipeline

The pipeline from the off-take point of GVMC had to be laid to the factory premises on payment of Rs.72.73 crores as capital contribution and Rs.13.31 crores as advance for six months, the letter stated.

The development assumes importance in the backdrop of stiff opposition by farmers at June 4 public hearing held at Kiltampalem near S.Kota to reports on drawing of water from Thatipudi and Raiwada reservoirs.

Water issue

Minister for Marketing Botsa Satyanarayana, who was a votary of establishing the refinery, recently told reporters that the Government had rejected Jindal proposal to explore drawing water from locally available resources and advised the management to use Godavari waters on payment of tariff to GVMC after signing bulk water supply agreement.

However, sources in the Jindal disclosed that in view of the Cabinet decision allotting land, the Government would intervene and persuade the Mayor and others to review their decision and supply water to the refinery.

Whatever may be ‘ifs and buts,’ the uncertainty over water supply would further delay the launching of the refinery work.