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Madhya Pradesh CM concerned over timely start of Shri Singaji power project

Posted on Nov 28, 08:41PM | UNI

Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has expressed apprehensions about timely start of 2X600 MW Shri Singaji thermal power project in Khandwa district before Union Heavy Industry and Public Undertakings Minister Praful Patel.

In his meeting with Mr Patel in New Delhi yesterday, Mr Chouhan said that BHEL is already lagging behind the time-limit set for both the units as per agreement.

He also expressed concern over shortage of manpower in both the units. He demanded to make available adequate manpower pointing out that shortage of manpower was affecting programmes of work.

Mr Chouhan also gave details of various agencies which have deployed less than prescribed manpower.

Mr Patel gave a patient hearing to the issues raised by the Chief Minister and assured for early redressal.

Madhya Pradesh Power Generation Company has entrusted the work for setting up the plant under BTG package (Boiler, Turbine, Generator) to Messrs BHEL on December 12, 2008. As per agreement, rationalisation of coal was scheduled to be completed in Unit-1 on March 11. Schedule for Unit-2 was fixed as July 11, 2011.

Similarly, schedule for commencing commercial production was fixed as June 11 for Unit-1 and October 11 for Unit-2.

However, BHEL did not accomplish its work as per agreement.

During meeting between both the parties in October 2012, BHEL re-scheduled the time-limit.

As per it, March 15, 2013 was fixed as the date for coal linkage and March 31 for commercial production for Unit-1.

For Unit-2, July 2013 was fixed as the date for coal linkage and August 15, 2013 for commercial production.