Bhel pulled up for slow work on Chandrapura TPS
Union Minister of State for Power Jairam Ramesh, while
reviewing the progress of work at Damodar Valley Corporation's 2x250 mw
Chandrapura thermal power station project in Jharkhand, has directed Bharat
Heavy Electricals Ltd to immediately carry out technical studies to restart the
3x120 mw units supplied by it in the late 1970s. These units have never worked
properly and have been shut down since 2002.
While pulling up Bhel for the colossal waste of national resources, the minister
noted that the 3x130 mw units supplied by GE in the late 1960s were still
working well at Chandrapura while the Bhel-supplied units failed.
The Chandrapura TPS in Bokaro district of Jharkhand has six units-three each of
130 mw and 120 mw. DVC is setting up two more units of 250-mw each for which
Bhel will be the main plant supplier. This project was originally scheduled for
completion in the 10th Plan period ending March 2007, but is still under
construction. By revised timelines, one unit is planned for commissioning this
month followed by the second in February next year.
Last year, Union Power Secretary Anil Razdan had directed DVC to strengthen its
monitoring mechanism to avoid further delays in commissioning of the project. He
advised the utility to call upon Bhel along with all the other sub-contractors
to review the progress of the project and take measures to bring it back on
[August 4-10, 2008]