Staff Reporter, Bhopal
Energy Minister Shri Rajendra Shukla has said that the State Government included increase in power generation and installed capacity in its priorities in view of rising power demand in the state.
He said that progress of under-construction power projects will be reviewed daily. Shri Shukla was reviewing progress of Unit Nos. 10 and 11 of Sarni-based thermal power plant in Betul district today.
Shri Shukla said that power is to be supplied for 24 hours to consumers from as per wish of Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan. He said that for this it is necessary that under-construction power projects are completed within the prescribed time-limit.
The Energy Minister inspected wagon tripler, ash handling system, cooling tower, main BTG plant, control rook etc of the under-construction projects. He also issued necessary directives to engineers.
Monitor construction works regularly Shri Rajendra Shukla said that works are being done in phases in view of challenges and possibilities. Shri Shukla said that construction works of power projects should be monitored constantly in view of their significance in ensuring 24-hour power supply. Under-construction works of power units must be completed within time-limit in any case.
The Energy Minister also directed to submit daily reports of units’ construction. Shri Shukla undertook point-wise review of under-construction units’ progress.
Secretary Energy Shri Mohammad Sulaiman said that as per the State Government’s resolve, work is being done at a rapid pace towards achieving self-reliance in power generation. He laid stress on construction of boundary wall of the plant. It is noteworthy that work is afoot for two new units in Satpura thermal power plant, Sarni. With their completion, power generation in the plant will increase by 500 megawatts. At present, nine units here are generating 1142 MW power.
Madhya Pradesh Power Generating Company Managing Director Shri Vijendra Nanawati, Director (Commercial) Shri A.P. Bhairve, BHEL Executive Director Shri Jainendra Kumar and Chief Engineer Shri A.K. Lakhera were also present at the meeting.