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Power generation resumes, level reaches 30 per cent

Written by: Staff

Cuddalore, Tamil Nadu July 7 (UNI) Power generation in the Public sector, Neyveli Lignite Corporation (NLC), which came to a halt after the employees struck work on the disinvestment issue, resumed last night and reached a level of 30 per cent till this evening.

Giving this information, P Babu Rao, Chief General Manager told UNI that the first thermal station (600 MW), first expansion (420 MW) and second thermal station (1470 MW) were expected to generate power to their fullest capacity in a day or two.

While the 600 MW first station, began generating 110 MW, it was about 30 per cent in the remaining two stations, Mr Rao said, adding normalcy would return in a couple of days.

He said the mining activity, which had also come to a grinding halt, resumed last night, but excavation of lignite was going on in a slow pace. Till this morning, only 100 tonnes of lignite was excavated against the day's average excavation of 70,000 tonnes, he said.

Mr Rao said only about 67 per cent of the work force turned up for duty for the third shift last night at 2200 hrs, followed by 82 per cent for the first shift this morning and 90 per cent in the second shift this afternoon.

About 36,000 employees and contract workers launched an indefinite strike on the night of July four, protesting against the Centre's decision to offload ten per cent of its equity in NLC. They called off the stir last night, after the Centre announced that it would ''put on hold'' its decision on disinvestment.

Meanwhile, the district adminsitration sent back to their respective districts, 3,210 police personnel, who were drawn from 18 neighbouring districts to maintain law and order, in view of the indefinite strike.


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