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.