New Delhi: At a time when Bhel is grappling with falling order book and challenges in the power sector, a Parliamentary Panel has asked the Department of Heavy Industry to fully support the public enterprise in its efforts to bag orders from the defence sector.
The DHI and representatives from Bhel apprised the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Industry that though the manufacturing capacity of the company has gone up from 6,000 mw to 20,000 mw, the number of orders received by them did not correspondingly go up.
It was also told that Bhel order book, which has already come down to Rs 32,000 crore from Rs 60,000 crore earlier, is expected to diminish in the next two to three years.
The 31-member panel, headed by Rajya Sabha MP Tiruchi Siva, was informed that the Bhel must get orders from the defence sector and do business in setting up many of our defence projects.
The committee in its report, which was laid in Parliament, said "DHI should extend all support to the efforts of the company (Bhel) to convince the Defence Ministry regarding the relevance and utility of the Bhel for the defence sector."
Besides, DHI and Bhel said that the Indian power sector scenario presents a bleak picture as availability of coal and gas is insufficient and import of coal is expensive.
The committee also asked Bhel to diversify its activities to new areas such as alternative sources of energy.
First Published: Sunday, May 12, 2013, 11:42