Stir affects power generation in NTPC Plant

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Angul, May 21 (UNI) Coal stock has been reduced and power generation cut by 15 per cent at the NTPC power plant at Kaniha near here due to ceasework by contractual workers from May 14 last.

The plant, having six 500 MW units, runs in full load to feed power to 17 Indian states. But the strike has badly affected its coal stock position.

The NTPC authorities have decided to shut down one 500 MW unit within two days due to coal shortage, official sources of NTPC-Kaniha plant said.

The stock, had come down to 2.23 lakh tonnes yesterday as against about 4.8 lakh tonne on May 14, when the contractual workers went to strike.

The daily consumption of the all the six units in full load required about 50,000 - 55,000 tonnes of coal. The worst-hit was the coal loading and unloading work of the power plant, because these were done by the contractual workers mostly.

The power plant, which slipped into critical state last year could be able to build up at stock of more than seven lakh tonnes, with the help of Mahanadi Coalfields Limited, which supplied coal from its Talcher and IB valley coalfields.

Sources said that since the ceasework, the power plant was drawing about 30,000 tonnes coal less than its normal quota of about 50,000 - 55,000 tonnes from the MCL.

Rake arrival to the plant, which was stopped since the strike has been resumed with one rake per a day arriving at the plant from Tuesday, source said.

Striking union leader of contractual workers Durjati Das said they would continue to cease work till their demands for enhanced wage was fulfilled.

NTPC management source blamed the agitators for the strike stating that they agreed to consider their demand at a meeting held on May 7 last but they resorted to strike.

About 2,600 casual workers deployed in the plant at all locations went on strike from May 14 onwards to stress their demand to hike daily wages to Rs 102 from the current Rs 82.

They also resorted to strike on the same demand last month for three days before calling it off after an assurance from the NTPC management to fulfil the demand by April last.

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