OTPC is pursuing the CDM benefits of the project in consultation with E&Y. The Project Design Document (PDD) and Project Concept Note (PCN) have been prepared and submitted to the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) for Host Country Approval (HCA). A stakeholders’ meeting for the CDM project was held on March 10, 2010 at the project site of the OTPC power plant at Palatana, Tripura. 84 stakeholders from various fields attended the meeting. Mr. Alok Mukherjee, CEO, OTPC chaired the meeting and Mr. Amit Kumar, Surface Manager, Tripura Asset, ONGC and Mr. Ranjit Paul Choudhury, Head Project – Site, OTPC were also present. Mr. Sandip Keswani of M/s Ernst and Young (the CDM consultant of the project) and Mr. S Dasgupta, Chief Chemist, Carbon Management Group, ONGC gave an introduction to Global Warming, Climate Change & CDM. With the help of audio visuals, they explained the process of Green House Effect, Global Warming and its effects. It was stated that “CDM is an opportunity for us to contribute in the global efforts to address climate change by taking project based initiatives to reduce emission of Green House Gases”. The gathering was informed that the CDM Project will lead to a reduction of approximately 140 thousand tons of CO2 emission per year.
This was followed by a discussion where stakeholders expressed their opinions about the project and it was unanimous view that the project will lead to conservation of the environment by using cleaner fuel and lead to sustainable development of the region.