Jat agitation leads to Haryana thermal plant closure

Last Updated: Thursday, March 10, 2011 - 16:06

Chandigarh: Power generation at the recently-commissioned 1,200 MW Rajiv Gandhi Thermal Power Plant at Khedar in Hisar district of Haryana has been stopped owing to shortage of coal caused by an agitation of the Jat community.

Haryana`s Power Minister Mahender Pratap Singh said on Thursday that the power generation has been stopped due to lack of coal for the thermal plant.

Railway wagons carrying coal for the thermal plant have not been able to reach it as the Jat community agitators, who are pressing for reservation under the OBC quota, have blocked railway traffic at various places in Haryana, especially in Hisar district.

Singh on Thursday appealed to the agitators demanding reservation not to block rail tracks in the state as it has blocked supply of coal to the power generation plants.

"Unit-I of the prestigious 1,200 MW Rajiv Gandhi Thermal Power Plant, Khedar in district Hisar has already been closed for want of coal. The blockade of rail tracks has also caused hardship to the passengers," the minister said here.

He said the agitators should understand that any interruption in supply of coal would lead to closure of all power generation plants.

He said they should understand that their act would affect electricity supply, especially at a time when children are preparing for their final examinations.

Singh said the Haryana government has already forwarded the demands of the protesters to the union government.

The Jat community agitators have been protesting in some parts of the state for the last 3-4 days.


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First Published: Thursday, March 10, 2011 - 16:06

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