We have earlier discussed in these pages the power scenario of Orissa and voiced our concern over possible power famine that may engulf our province if the present government continues its lackadaisical approach to power generation. We are happy to note that Government of India has started expressing interest in facilitating establishment of Mega Thermal Projects in various parts of the Country. Orissa being the most suitable for such plants amongst all the provinces in India, we prefer to highlight Orissa’s claim for priority consideration, with a call to the Government of Orissa to relinquish slumber and to wake up, so that the State can be saved from famine in power sector, that is, otherwise, a menacing must. The argument advanced in this write-up contains observations and analysis of a personal friend of mine who has served Orissa’s power sector for more than three decades with exemplary commitment.

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