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HPGCL engineers oppose closing of Panipat thermal unit

July 21, 2017 02:33 PM

Punjab News Express/Vinod Gupta
PANIPAT : Haryana Power Generation Engineers Association strongly opposes the decision of Haryana Government to shut down 210 MW Unit No. 5 of Panipat Thermal plant without planning alternative super critical units of 800MW to 1000 MW to meet the power demands of state.

Vikas Rathore, General Secretary of Association said that during the sowing of current paddy, the electricity demand has been increased to more than 2000 lakh units a day and so all eight thermal units of Haryana Power Generation Corporation Limited have been taken in to operation. It is pointed out that unit no. 5 of Panipat thermal plant was declared phased out by the state government in October 16 but to meet out peak electricity demand, unit no. 5 is taken in to service after about nine months.

Rathore pointed out that some days ago, Jhajjar (CLP) 660 MW unit was under shut down due to boiler tube leakage then suddenly 660 MW of Adani Power Limited tripped (Both private players), posing a serious power crisis in state but then it was decided to start unit no. 5 of Panipat thermal plant after a gap of nine months. After the decision to start was taken unit was put on full load with Skelton staff.

Rathore said that the Association is of firm view that unit no 5 should not be phased out immediately without an alternative source of power in state sector otherwise the state will be forced to buy costly power from private generators.

The over dependence of state on private sector is not good for state as the private sector is here to earn profits and not to supply power for social causes.

The state should give proper incentives to state sector thermal units so that engineers can make Haryana the number one in the field of power generation.

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