Work on 1500 MW gas based Bawana Proj going as per schedule

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New Delhi, Jul 30 (UNI) Work on the 1500 MW gas-based combined Pragati-III Project at Bawana is going on as per prescribed schedule.

This was reported in a high-level weekly power review meeting chaired by Delhi Power Minister A K Walia and attended by the Power Secretary, CEOs of BPRL, BPYL and NDPL and senior officers of the DERC and the Power Department.

Assessing pace of progress in respect of projects coming up within the Capital-city, Dr Walia said the progress of work is just going on as per schedule and there is no delay as reported in a section of the press.

Soil investigation, which was started on June 15, would be completed by August 7. It is expected to award work by mid of August to enable commencement of work on the project before August 30.

It was stated that 250 MW generation will start in March 2010, another 250 in May 2010, 500 in July 2010, 250 in September 2010 and another 250 in October 2010. It would be ensured that Pragati Power Project-III is commissioned with full capacity during October 2010 when Delhi will be hosting Commonwealth Games 2010.

On the problem of frequent breakdowns, it was reported at the meeting that there is a marked improvement in the situation.

However, Dr Walia stressed the need of maintaining zero level breakdowns to overcome hardship being faced by the consumers. He further asked DISCOMs to make their respective business managers answerable for breakdowns.

Dr Walia also instructed DISCOMs to provide uniform to all their field staff by August 15 to overcome problem of fake employees visiting places of customers resulting in incidents of cheating and corruption.

The Minister also instructed DISCOMs to ensure implementation of instructions relating to uniform, which would provide an authentic identification to their field staff and instill confidence amongst the people.

Problem of kite-flying which has become a big nuisance because of tripping in recent days due to contact of metallic 'manja' being used by kite-fliers was also discussed in the meeting. It was decided to discourage this practice. Dr Walia has instructed to initiate an awareness campaign against metallic manja which is becoming cause of concern and frequent tripping.

A three-pronged campaign would be started - an advertisement campaign through newspapers, awareness through school education and FM Radio would be launched. Apart from this Delhi Police is also being approached to render cooperation in this regard.

Environment Department would also be requested to take immediate action against sale of imported metallic kite-flying 'manja'.

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