The newly appointed government has started fast tracking power projects in Northeast India. For this, the Central Government has assured coal linkage to the proposed 660-MW Margherita Thermal Power Project in Assam. Assam´s request for coal linkage is awaiting clearance from the Centre since 2009. The power project is expected to be carried out in a JV mode and the state government´s public sector unit will partner with a central public sector unit for this project. It is estimated to cost about Rs 7,920 crore.