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HindustanTimes Sun,21 Dec 2014

Talwandi Sabo, Gobindpura power plants may not go on stream for some more months

Bharat Khanna, Hindustan Times  Mansa, March 01, 2014
First Published: 20:04 IST(1/3/2014) | Last Updated: 20:05 IST(1/3/2014)

The Talwandi Sabo thermal power plant in Bathinda district and the Gobindpura thermal plant in Mansa district that have remained hot in politics of development might not be able to start producing power for some more months.

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Inaugurated by deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal on November 25 last year, the first unit of the 1980 mw Talwandi Sabo plant would not go into operation for two months more, as the Mahanadi coalfields has rejected the Talwandi Sabo Power Limited's (TSPL) selection of the washery on technical grounds. The washery is a place, where dirt is removed from coal before finally being dispatched to the plant.

Sources revealed that the washery chosen by TSPL was already blacklisted, so it was rejected.

The Mahanadi coalfields would supply TSPL about seven million metric tonnes (MTs) of coal annually from the mines in Orissa.

The 19-km direct rail link from Sadda Singh Wala railway station in Mansa district to TSPL power plant had been completed recently. The demand for all the three units of the power plant is 10 million MT of coal whereas it had got approval for only 7 million MTs. Two units of TSPL are still under construction.

The other 1,320 mw Gobindpura thermal plant in Mansa district, that witnessed the farmers' bloodshed during its land acquisition process in August 2011, has been awaiting the power purchase agreement (PPA) with the state government to begin with its construction.

Sources revealed that the state government had itself refused to sign the PPA with the Poena Power Limited, a subsidiary of India Bulls for the plant, claiming that it was already a power-surplus state.

It's noteworthy that besides PPA, the mutation and de-notification of the land for Poena plant has not been done by the he district administration during the almost two-and-a-half years. The company cannot apply for change of land use (CLU) certificate to begin the construction till the land is de-notified.

It is pertinent to mention here that the state government, through bidding in July 2013, had granted India Bulls two solar power plants of 30 mw and 4 mw to be set up on 175 acres of land out of a total of 880 acres acquired in 2011 in Mansa district.

PSPCL chairman-cum-managing director KD Chaudhary could not be contacted, but, speaking to HT, secretary, PSPCL, Anuridh Tiwari, said, "The company had not got any coal linkage for the Bathinda plant and the PPA for the Mansa plant would be signed only after the coal linkage is provided by the union government."

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