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Handover plan may suffer setback

THE GOVERNMENT plan to hand over the Anpara C power project to a private company may suffer a setback. The Uttar Pradesh Karmchari Sanyukt Sangharsh Samiti, an umbrella body of the State?s power employees including engineers, said that it would not allow any private company take over the project. It threatened to launch an agitation if the ongoing process for privatising the project was not stopped.

india Updated: Jun 07, 2006 01:20 IST

THE GOVERNMENT plan to hand over the Anpara C power project to a private company may suffer a setback.

The Uttar Pradesh Karmchari Sanyukt Sangharsh Samiti, an umbrella body of the State’s power employees including engineers, said that it would not allow any private company take over the project. It threatened to launch an agitation if the ongoing process for privatising the project was not stopped.

The power employees on Tuesday observed Satyagraha in protest against the Government’s move to privatise the project. Addressing a meeting at Shakti Bhawan, Sangharsh Samiti leaders, Shailendra Dubey, AK Singh, SB Singh and others suggest to the Government to set up the project under the public sector.

They said that the project, if handed over to a private company, would be ready by 2011.

But project, if set up by the Utpadan Nigam, would start generating power by 2009. They said that representative of any private company would not be allowed to enter Anpara. 

Lanco ‘quotes lowest price’
THE ACTIVITIES regarding privatisation of the Anpara C power project got a big push with the opening of technical and financial bids of three private companies on Tuesday.

The final contract for setting up the 1000 MW project will be awarded to any one the three companies after a week or so. Sources said Lanco Kondapalli, one of the bidders, was the most likely to bag the prestigious contract, as it had quoted the lowest price.

Reliance Energy Ltd, Essar Power and Lanco Kondapalli submitted their Request for Proposal (RFP) documents, or the bid documents, to the UP Rajya Vidyut Utpadan Nigam Ltd. The Nigam had invited proposals for the Anpara C project.

The Utpadan Nigam’s Evaluation Committee found technical bids of all the three companies satisfactory.

However, the committee, which is headed by the principal secretary (Energy) and comprises many other officials, representing different fields, including the Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC), asked Ernst & Young, the Utpadan Nigam’s consultant, to examine the financial proposals of all the three companies. The consultant has been asked to put its report before the committee within a week. 

Depending on the report, the committee will issue a letter of acceptance, or award the final contract to one of the bidders for setting up the project.

Sources disclosed that Lanco Kondapalli had quoted the lowest price and hence was likely to bag the contract.