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India : UP CM sent two letters to MANMOHAN SINGH over delays in power project and coal linkage.

The Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Akhilesh Yadav has sent two letters to the Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Friday asking his assistance on acceleration of the state-based power projects that are undertaken by the Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd (BHEL).

The UP CM has also requested the Premier for his support intended for coal provision to the planned 660-MW Harduaganj Extension thermal power venture.

Mr. Yadav has further urged the PM to give instructions to the heavy industries and coal ministries in order to collaborate and facilitate easing the power crisis of Uttar Pradesh.

The sources have revealed that the UP CM, in his correspondence to the prime minister, has mentioned the negligence on BHEL s part in the execution of the Harduaganj Extension and Parichha Extension (500 MW) and the deferral in the commencement of the Anpara-D (1000 MW) project which was slated to begin in July 2011. BHEL secured all of these ventures on the basis of a single proposal.

In the same way, overhaul and rejuvenation of Obra-B (5x200 MW), Obra's 100 MW Unit 7 and Harduaganj's 110 MW Unit has also been deferred, according to the Mr. Yadav s letter.

The letter has further revealed that the capacity boost and modernization of three Obra units with a capacity of 200 MW each was much behind the schedule. BHEL was to end these works in 2008.

The UP CM did not forget to mention the April discussion with the prime minister in his letter plus a secretary-rank talk at the PMO (Prime Minister's Office) in July, in which the chief secretary and the infrastructure and industrial development commissioner had urged to expedite work on these ventures.

According to this letter, the work on Harduaganj power production units 8 and 9 (250 MW each) and Parichha's 250 MW unit 6 was on the brink of accomplishment and an extra 750 MW will be offered to the state by a month if BHEL accelerated its efforts.

The Chief Minister, in his second letter, has asked the Premier to offer guidelines to the coal ministry to award coal linkage to the 660-MW unit 1 of Harduaganj Extension project. This project is incapable to get approvals from the environment department due to lack of any coal linkage.

The letter added that the Uttar Pradesh Rajya Vidyut Utpadan Nigam Ltd had sent its application to the coal ministry in September 2009 regarding the project s coal linkage. Moreover, the issue had been discussed with the ministry and the Central Electricity Authority, although nothing was achieved so far.

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