Bhubaneswar: The Odisha chief minister, Naveen Patnaik, has demanded 25 to 33% free power from Central power stations located in the state.

Patnaik told union power secretary Ajay Bhalla, who met him on Friday,  “Coal bearing states like Odisha are facing negative fall out of coal mining and thermal power stations”. “Therefore, the Centre should consider 25 to 33% free power from the coal-fired generating stations to the host states,” he asserted.

The chief minister also asked for de-allocation of costly NTPC power from stations located outside Odisha. Stating that the allocation  from the NTPC plants within the state and other state thermal plants are adequate, he said there is no requirement of additional power from NTPC stations located outside the state.

Pointing out that the approval for Standard Bidding Document for Ultra Mega Power Project(UMMP) at Bedabhal in Sundergarh district  is pending for more than three years, he sought early finalization of the SBD.

Patnaik also stressed the need for inclusion of SECC households in PE villages uder DDGJY scheme to achieve 100% household electrification.

Bhalla met the chief minister at the state secretariat and discussed about on several issues relating to power sector and electrification in the state.