Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Power, New and Renewable Energy & Minister of State for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, Raj Kumar Singh has commended power utility NTPC for the role played by it in ensuring uninterrupted power at the height of the nationwide lockdown amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.
“During the pandemic, NTPC has ensured uninterrupted power supply to the nation reinforcing the significance of affordable power in our daily lives,” Singh said while virtually addressing the senior management along with employees and their family members on the occasion of the 46th raising day of the country’s largest power producer on Saturday.
“NTPC is one of the largest companies in India and now they must strive hard to become one of the largest power producers globally. The company has remained nimble-footed that has helped them to evolve stronger over the years,” he added.
“NTPC is shaping up well for the future with its diversification plans and as a responsible corporate, NTPC is committed towards environment and the fast-growing capacity addition in the renewable portfolio is testimony to the commitment”, said Singh.
Congratulating NTPC on the occasion, Secretary Power to the government, Sanjiv Nandan Sahai averred, “I am glad to see how NTPC is looking to reinvent itself and move forward with its investments in the renewable sphere.”
He especially praised the company’s efforts in mitigating pollution caused due to stubble burning by co-firing biomass at its power plants. Sahai also emphasised hydrogen as the fuel for the future and commended the way NTPC was gearing up for future challenges.
Gurdeep Singh, Chairman & Managing Director, NTPC, said, “We appreciate and acknowledge all those who have contributed to the growth of NTPC since 1975 and congratulate the NTPC family for its success over the years.”
He further highlighted, “In this financial year, we have added 1784 MW in spite of challenges posed by the pandemic and ensured uninterrupted power supply to the nation. We are planning to achieve the target of 100,000 MW of capacity by 2025 and are well placed with our diversification plans in distribution and expansion in the renewables portfolio.”
The day also marked the announcement of commercial operation second unit of 880 MW unit of the NTPC Lara in Chhattisgarh.
The Raising Day celebration began with the flag hoisting ceremony at the Engineering Office Complex (EOC) at Noida in the Delhi NCR. The ceremony was attended by NTPC officials from locations across the country via online platforms, amidst the COVID-19 induced uncertainty.
The Swarn Shakti Awards were presented to NTPC plants in the areas of productivity, safety, protection and improvement of the environment, Rajbhasha, best health facilities, corporate social responsibility (CSR) & community development and project management awards.