Govt pays GMR’s ‘due’ in Chhattisgarh

Government of Chhattisgarh  had deposited money that factually GMR Group was supposed to pay for disbursing compensation to project affected farmers.

The GMR Chhattisgarh Energy Limited, a subsidiary of GMR Group, is setting up 1370 Mw (2×685 Mw) super critical coal based power plant located in Raikheda of Raipur district. The plant would require 40.3 cusec water and the supply would be met from the Samoda barrage on Mahanadi. The state government had acquired land in four villages straddling between Raipur and Mahasamund districts that were coming under submergence area.

The company was supposed to deposit Rs 30 crore with the Mahasamund district administration (the details of Raipur district could not be known) for paying compensation to the farmers who gave away their land for the construction of barrage. It however, deposited only Rs 3 crore while failed to respond for the remaining amount even after series of reminders sent by the water resources department. Interestingly, the department deposited Rs 27 crore with the Mahasamund district authorities.

Extra info:
  • GMR Group is an infrastructural company headquartered in Bangalore. The company was founded in 1978 by Grandhi Mallikarjuna Rao. Employing the Public Private Partnership model, the Group has successfully implemented several iconic infrastructure projects in India. The Group also has a global presence with infrastructure operating assets and projects in several countries including Turkey, South Africa, Indonesia, Singapore, the Maldives and the Philippines.
  • GMR Group Founder&chairman Grandhi Mallikarjuna Rao.

So lets do:
  • Who is the Founder&chairman GMR Group?
  • Which State government has recently paid GMR’s due?

Source – The Hindu

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