The Tata power plant at Auto Nagar in Belagavi had stopped the production in 2013, since then the land kept unutilised.
The 22 acres land lying idle since a decade, Tata power dismantled its complete set up in 2015 as government did not offer to extend/renew Power Purchase Agreement (PPA).
Tata Power Company Ltd. (TPCL) has commissioned the 81.3 MW power plant at Belagavi on March 31. 2001 at a cost of Rs.230 crores. The Tata group company had signed a power purchase agreement with the Karnataka Power Transmission Ltd. (KPTCL) for 12 years from commercial production, which guarantees purchase by the latter to the extent of 75 per cent plant load factor.
Project work started from 1999. DG sets and associated auxiliaries were purchased from M/s Wartsila, Finland. Major consignment was brought in January 2000 through sea route via Karwar port and by road to Belgaum site. Plant was commissioned on 28.03.2001.
Plant has successfully completed obligations as per PPA which was ended on 28.02.2013. Owing to increased fuel price (leading to increased power cost), KPTCL did not offer to extend/renew PPA. DG sets have been kept in cold preservation mode since then.
Hopefully the land to would be utilised by starting new industry and create employment opportunities for the people of this region at the earliest.