Delay in reviving power units hurting states

  • Bahadurjeet Singh, Hindustan Times, Rupnagar
  • Updated: Oct 18, 2014 14:21 IST

The partner states are suffering huge losses as the Bhakra Beas Management Board (BBMB) has delayed the revival of two units of Kotla and Ganguwal powerhouses, built on the Nangal hydel channel in Rupnagar district, for the past about 15 months.

The runner of 24.2 MW Unit No 3 of the Kotla powerhouse failed on August 2 last year and the runner of 24.2 MW Unit No 2 of the Ganguwal powerhouse failed on September 16 last year, but till date the restoration work has not been done. Both the units are lying in the same condition as on the day of breakdown.

Till date, the work to repair or replace the failed runner has not started as the decision has not been taken by the BBMB management. The revival of the breakdown of units is now pending for more than a year.

With the outage of the two units, the partner states are continuously losing 48.4 MW for the past more than a year. The partner states -- Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan, Himachal Pradesh and Chandigarh -- are having a daily generation loss of 11.6 lakh units.

The estimated generation loss up to October 16 is 485 million units valued at Rs 194 crore of which Punjab had suffered a loss of Rs 81 crore, Haryana Rs 59.3 crore, Rajasthan Rs 28.39 crore, Himachal Pradesh Rs 11.37 crore and Chandigarh Rs 5.53 crore, sources said.

Even the tender notice for repair/replacement of runners has not been issued as the specification is yet to be approved by the BBMB. The specification has been drafted after the highpowered purchase committee opted for open tenders instead of allotting work to Bharat Heavy Electrical Limited.

The officials hope to issue the tender notice in November after the new member (irrigation) and member (power) of the BBMB are appointed by the union ministry of power.

When contacted, BBMB chief engineer (generation) Manmohan Singh Khural said the process regarding the replacement of runners had begun and it would take some time for starting the work.

When asked whether any tenders had been floated, he said he had no knowledge about it and only the authorities in the BBMB in Chandigarh could say something on this.

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