MP govt promises 24-hour power supply
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Last Updated: Friday, November 04, 2011, 21:44
Sarni: With an eye on the 2013 Assembly elections in Madhya Pradesh, the ruling BJP government on Friday promised 24-hour power supply across the state.

"The government will complete the feeder-separation work by January 2013 to fulfil the promise in our manifesto to provide uninterrupted power supply in both rural and urban areas of the state," said Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, who inspected the under construction 2x250 MW unit each of Satpuda thermal power plant here.

He said that a 660 MW power plant would be constructed in place of the existing 5 x 62.5 MW units (total 312.5) at the power plant, as they were over 40-years-old which resulted in low plant load factor (PLF).

The first 250 MW unit will be commissioned by August 2012, while the second one of the same capacity will start generating power from November 2012, Chouhan said.

The two units are being constructed at an estimated cost of Rs 3032.34 crore.

The Chief Minister said Madhya Pradesh has achieved a growth rate of nearly 10 per cent and has set a target of 12 per cent growth rate in its next five-year plan for which uninterrupted power supply is essential.

He urged the power plant staff to ensure that PLF of the Sarni plant increases from the present 60 per cent to 75 per cent in the near future.

By just increasing one per cent of PLF the power generating company can save nearly Rs 35 crore, he added.

Earlier, Chouhan, on his arrival, inspected the newly constructed wagon tippler for off-loading imported coal, under construction chimney and cooling plant to abreast himself with the progress made at the Sarni Thermal Power Station of the Madhya Pradesh Power Generating Company Limited (MPPGCL).


First Published: Friday, November 04, 2011, 21:44

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