KCR Lays Foundation for 600 MW Power Plant in Adilabad District

Chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao laid the foundation stone for a 600 MW power plant at Pegadapally village in Jaipur mandal in the district on Tuesday. This plant will be constructed with an estimated cost of Rs 3,570 crore under the stage II of Singareni Thermal Power Project (STPP) by Singareni Collieries Company Limited (SCCL).

Addressing the officials of the SCCL at the review meeting, the chief minister said there is a need to acquire more land for the plant as the present 2,000 acres was not sufficient. He asked the district collector M Jagan Mohan to begin land acquisition for water pipelines and laying of railway line to the plant.

The chief minister also directed the officials to speed up the works of the ongoing 1,200 MW plant and complete it by November 2016. He also stressed the need to complete the 600 MW unit by 2018. The Stage-II 600 MW power plant will be built with an estimated cost of Rs 3,570 crore – which is Rs 5.95 crore per a MW.

An SCCL release said the chief minister has directed the management to complete the Stage-II Project in 30 months to meet the state’s power demands.

Rao reviewed the construction works of the 2×600 MW power plant, with BHEL and McNelly Bharat Engg & Consortium partners and senior officers of the Company. Keeping the tight deadlines in view, the BTG and BoP package executing agencies — BHEL and MBE, have assured to increase the man and material resources in order to meet the schedule of synchronisation of the first unit in November 2015, and the second unit in December 2015, the release said. Rao also reviewed the status of Manuguru and Kothagudem Thermal Power Plants of TSGenco.

SCCL chairman and managing director N Sridhar spoke about the measures being taken to increase coal production from 52 million tonne to 75.6 million tonne, by 2019-20.

He also requested government’s support in acquiring lands for new mines and partly meet the coal requirements for the upcoming 8,000 MW power projects in the next four years.

Earlier, Rao along with power minister G Jagadish Reddy, SCCL CMD N Sridhar and others visited a photo exhibition by the SCCL on the progress of the first stage of STPP.

Source: The New Indian Express

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