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HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times
Chandigarh , July 15, 2013
The Central Electricity Authority (CEA) has confirmed the supply of one lakh tonnes of coal for a trial run of the first unit of the Rajpura thermal power plant, slated to be made operational in January 2014. A spokesperson for the chief minister's office said the authority had asked Coal India Limited (CIL) to supply this quantity of coal to the Rajpura plant in order to carry out synchronisation activities and initial trial runs. Larsen & Toubro is implementing the project.

A week ago, a similar confirmation of readiness had been made by the CEA for the trial run of the first unit (660 MW) of the Sterlite group's thermal power plant at Talwandi Sabo, to be made operational in September 2013.

On the intervention of Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal, the union power ministry issued a notification asking the CIL to sign fuel supply agreements to include the 660-MW unit 1 of the Talwandi Sabo plant and 700-MW unit 1 of the Rajpura plant for 2013-14. The CIL was also instructed to include units 2 and 3 of the Talwandi Sabo plant and the second unit of the Rajpura plant for 2014-15, the spokesperson said.

Earlier, the union power ministry had not included fuel linkage and signing of fuel supply agreement for units 2 and 3 of the Talwandi Sabo plant and unit 2 of the Rajpura plant's unit 2 in 2014-15 and had pushed these to 2015-16.

This decision assumes significance in view of the ever-increasing demand of power in the state. The commissioning of upcoming plants looks uncertain in the light of non-availability of coal.