State-run power equipment maker BHEL’s failure to meet capacity targets has once again led to a war of attrition between the ministry of power and the department of heavy engineering.
In a recent letter to his counterpart Santosh Mohan Deb in the department of heavy industries, Power Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde has squarely held BHEL responsible for having failed to meet the projected capacity targets.
Apart from raising an alarm at the tardy progress in capacity addition by BHEL, Shinde has alleged that because of BHEL, the country has failed to keep its date with capacity addition targets that were set for 2008. According to the government data, the capacity addition for 2008 was set at 11,000 mega watts (mw) against which the country has been able to add a mere 4,600 mw.
Accusing BHEL of over-stating facts, Shinde said that out of the total capacity addition of 9,263 mw achieved during 2007-08, BHEL’s achievement was 4,984 mw and not 5,964 mw.
When contacted, BHEL CMD Ravi Kumar said, “We are not to be solely blamed as most of the times delays are on account of non-completion of other activities such as civil works and others by the customers.”
Shinde also pointed out that even for the current fiscal, as against the power capacity addition target of 8,165 mw for 2008-09, BHEL has achieved only 3,170 mw till date. The balance capacity of 4,995 mw is pending for completion in the remaining three months of 2008-09.
To this, Kumar said, “BHEL has also commissioned another 1,000 mw on December 28. That makes the capacity addition at 4,170 mw and not 3,170 mw. BHEL is confident of completing its targets set for 2008-09.”