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Chief minister Vasundhara Raje expressed disappointment over delay of completion of some units of Super Critical Power Project at Suratgarh. She asked the officials of Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL)-the company which has been assigned the contract to complete the project-to complete the task within a stipulated time frame or the state government could consider the proposals of other companies.
Under Sarkar Aapke Dwar programme, an initiative of state government to run the cabinet for 10-days from Bikaner division, she was on an inspection to seventh and eighth units of thermal power project on Tuesday.
She said state government’s priority is to provide electricity 24 hours for domestic purposes and 7-8 hours for agriculture purposes, therefore, delay in such important project will not be tolerated.
Power supply in domestic sector for 24x7 and 6 to 8 hours to agricultural connections was top priority of the state government and a stipulated time frame was needed for implementation of the same.
BHEL’s CMD B Prasad Rao, additional chief secretary C S Rajan and Jaipur Vidhyut Utpadan Nigam Ltd Chairman N L Mathur were present along with their subordinate staff at the meeting at Suratgarh Camp.
Raje said BHEL had made an agreement with the state government and work has not completed in the scheduled time. The state government had given all responsibility of these units to BHEL and the company by not completing the work on time has breached faith of the government.
The chief minister clearly told BHEL officers to either complete the work by fixing the new time limit or the state government could mull giving the proposals to other companies.
It is to be mentioned that these projects have already been delayed by seven months.
Raje in a high level review meeting on Tuesday night had taken serious note of slow pace in these projects. She clarified that no relaxation can be given to BHEL or any other company that they play with people of the state by delaying the power supply.
During her visit a few employees working at Suratgarh Super Critical Thermal Power Project complained that they were not getting salary on time. She asked the company Power Mac working at the project for the reason and directed to ensure timely payment of salary to labourers.
A few labourers also complained that local people are not given priority in employment on which Raje told the officials of the concerned company to give employment to local people along with outsiders.