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RAIPUR: National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) and South Eastern Coalfields Limited (SECL) will set up a medical college and hospital in Chhattisgarh, Union Minister of State for Power, Coal and Renewable Energy Piyush Goyal recently announced
Addressing a press conference here after reviewing the functioning of energy, mining and industries departments in Chhattisgarh with Chief Minister Raman Singh, his ministers and other senior officials, Goyal said NTPC and SECL would provide Rs 100 crores each for the medical project which would have special wing for cancer patients.
Earlier, Piyush Goyal inaugurated the International Institute of Information Technology (IIIT) at Naya Raipur capital built jointly by the Chhattisgarh government and NTPC at a cost of Rs 200 crore.
Speaking on the occasion, Chief Minister Raman Singh named the institute after the first Union Industries Minister Dr Samapada Mukherjee to mark the leader’s death anniversary today. The academic session of the institute spread over an area of 50 acres, is scheduled to start from August 10.
He also announced an assistance of Rs 20 crore by NTPC for developing an engineering college near its Super Thermal Power Project at Sipat in Bilaspur district and a Trauma centre at Korba.
The largest thermal power generating company in the country, Goyal said, had also decided to fund for setting up of an Innovation Lab in the IIIT campus to help students take up scientific research training and innovation projects.
The Union Minister said mineral rich Chhattisgarh state would earn Rs 1,10,990 crore as royalty from coal mining in the next 25-30 years following fresh auction of coal blocks in the state under the new policy.
He criticised the previous Congress-led UPA government for giving away coal blocks to its partymen and others across the country free of charge.
Goyal also expressed satisfaction over 12.3 per cent growth in production of coal by Coal India Limited. He also praised the Chhattisgarh govt. for having developed energy efficient pumps for irrigation, smart meters for elecricity consumers and LED bulb programme to light streets and households in order to reduce burden on consumers.UNI SS RSA NS2243
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