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New hurdle for Bawana power plant

The Bawana power plant is giving the Delhi government nightmares ahead of the Commonwealth Games.

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi |
August 27, 2009 11:56:29 pm

The Bawana power plant is giving the Delhi government nightmares ahead of the Commonwealth Games. Chief Minister Sheila Diskhit once again met Union Minister for Heavy Industries and Public Enterprise Vilasrao Deshmukh,requesting his intervention to ensure that the project is completed on time.

Chariman and Managing Director of BHEL K Ravi Kumar was also present at the meeting.

The power plant was initially meant to generate 1,500 mega watts of power for the Commonwealth Games. The government,however,scaled it down to 1,250 MW and now there are apprehensions that it will be able to supply only 900 MW till the Commonwealth Games.  

The latest in the series of problems faced by the power plant is shortage of staff.

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Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit informed BHEL that there is a shortage of manpower for civil work at the site. “Foundation of gas turbine is facing problems and needs to be rectified on urgent basis. Skilled workers including carpenter,bar-bender,welders and fitters are required for the main plant,” Dikshit said.

The work at the plant is already delayed due to the four gas turbines that are to be supplied by a US-based firm. Though one of the turbines has already reached India,it is yet to reach Delhi from Mundra in Gujarat. The transport of the turbine was stalled for over two weeks by the National Highways Authority because of its size.

According to BHEL,the second turbine has also reached Mundra but is yet to move out of the port. Bandyopadhyay said the gas turbines I and II,with 250 MW capacity,would start functioning in March and May 2010 respectively. The remaining turbines,however,will start working only in the end of 2010.

Deshkmukh,meanwhile,has directed BHEL to post a general manager to look after the project and to submit a detailed report on daily basis. and Public Enterprise Vilasrao Deshmukh,requesting his intervention to ensure that the project is completed on time.

Chariman and Managing Director of BHEL K Ravi Kumar was also present at the meeting.

The power plant was initially meant to generate 1,500 mega watts of power for the Commonwealth Games. The government,however,scaled it down to 1,250 MW and now there are apprehensions that it will be able to supply only 900 MW till the Commonwealth Games.  

The latest in the series of problems faced by the power plant is shortage of staff.

Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit informed BHEL that there is a shortage of manpower for civil work at the site. “Foundation of gas turbine is facing problems and needs to be rectified on urgent basis. Skilled workers including carpenter,bar-bender,welders and fitters are required for the main plant,” Dikshit said.

The work at the plant is already delayed due to the four gas turbines that are to be supplied by a US-based firm. Though one of the turbines has already reached India,it is yet to reach Delhi from Mundra in Gujarat. The transport of the turbine was stalled for over two weeks by the National Highways Authority because of its size.

According to BHEL,the second turbine has also reached Mundra but is yet to move out of the port. Bandyopadhyay said the gas turbines I and II,with 250 MW capacity,would start functioning in March and May 2010 respectively. The remaining turbines,however,will start working only in the end of 2010.

Deshkmukh,meanwhile,has directed BHEL to post a general manager to look after the project and to submit a detailed report on daily basis.

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