Indian government on Monday approved supply of one lakh tonne coal for Rajpura Thermal power plant which will start functioning from January 2014.
“Chief Engineer, Operation Monitoring Division of CEA has asked the Coal India Limited (CIL) to supply coal to the Rajpura and Talwandi Sabo thermal power plant in order to carry out the pre-commissioning and synchronization activities, carpeting, trial run,” said a Punjab government spokesperson.
The spokesperson said that it was the personal intervention of Punjab’s Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal that Indian Coal ministry has accepted the request by issuing a notification asking Coal India Ltd to sign Fuel Supply Agreements (FSA) to include the Unit-1 of Talwandi Sabo TPP and Unit-1 of Rajpura TPP for 2013-14 besides Talwandi Sabo TPP unit 2&3 and Rajpura TPP Unit 2 for 2014-15.
“Earlier, the Ministry of Power (CEA) had not included fuel linkage and signing of FSA (Fuel Supply Agreement) for Talwandi Sabo Unit 2&3 and Rajpura unit 2 in the year 2014-15 and had pushed them to 2015-16,” said the spokesperson, adding that the landmark decision assumes paramount significance at this crucial juncture especially in the wake of ever increasing demand of power in the state.
The spokesperson said that after this decision will not only pave a way for the timely power generation to augment its supply and it will further silence the opposition for spreading malicious propaganda against the state government’s concerted efforts to make Punjab self-reliant in the power sector.
“Punjab government is now aiming achieves its goal of generating additional power of 3920 MW,” the spokesperson added.