Lucknow: Faced with electricity shortage, Uttar Pradesh government on Friday shot off two letters to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on delay in execution of power projects by BHEL and grant of coal linkage to proposed 660MW Harduaganj extension thermal power project.

"The CM has sent two letters to the PM highlighting delay in execution of power generation projects by BHEL and grant of coal linkage to proposed 660MW Harduaganj Extension thermal power project", official sources said here.

In his letter, the CM has requested the Prime Minister to issue directions to the Union Ministry of Heavy Industries and Coal to cooperate and help resolve the problem of shortage of power supply.

Pointing to alleged laxity on the part of BHEL in implementation of Harduaganj Extension (500MW), Parichha Extension (500 MW) and Anpara-'D' (1000 MW), the CM said Anpara-'D' project, which was scheduled to be operational in July last year, is still pending.

All these projects belong to state sector and were awarded to BHEL on the basis of single offer, the letter said.

Similarly, refurbishment and modernisation work of Obra-B (5x200 MW), 100 MW Unit 7 of Obra and 110 MW Unit 7 of Harduaganj has also been delayed considerably, he pointed.

Capacity augmentation and refurbishment of three units of Obra with 200MW capacity each is lagging far behind the timeline as it was to be completed in the year 2008 by BHEL, the CM's letter said.

Reminding the PM of an earlier communication in April this year and the secretary-level meeting at the Prime Minister's office in July in this regard, Yadav expressed disappointment that not much progress is evident on this front.

The letter said if work on Harduaganj power generation units 8 and 9 (250 MW each) and 250 MW unit-6 of Parichha, which is in final stages, are completed by BHEL, an additional 750 MW would be available to the state within a month.

In another letter, the Chief Minister has requested the PM to give directions to the Ministry of Coal to grant coal linkage to 660 MW unit 1 of Harduaganj Extension thermal power project, which is proposed to be developed under state sector.

"Without a coal linkage, the project has been unable to get clearance from the department of environment", Yadav said.
Referring to pending coal linkage to this project, for which UP Rajya Vidyut Utpadan Nigam Ltd (UPRVUNL) had applied to the Coal Ministry in September 2009, the letter said the matter has already been taken up with the Coal Ministry and Central Electricity Authority (CEA) repeatedly but without any success.


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