Chandigarh:The much awaited 18 MW Mukerian Hydro Power Project (Stage II), is likely to take at least a year more to run on full capacity. The project was to be completed in three years, but has taken over 15 years. In last 15 years after its foundation stone was laid in 2002, the cost of the project has jacked up almost 2.5 times.
The Punjab governor V P Singh Badnore, in his first address in session of the 15th Punjab Vidhan Sabha, claimed that the government will make all efforts to commission Mukerian Hydel Project (Stage-II) and Shahpur Kandi Hydel Project to augment the generating capacity.
Sources, however, disclosed that the project has one power house having two power generating units (turbines) of 9 MW, each. While Unit -I is ready and waiting for its commissioning, work to install Unit-II is underway and can take almost one year to complete.
A senior officer in the department disclosed that the civil works were almost compete, the water reservoir of the power house have been filled. The department is all sent to run Unit-I by next month.
Earlier, the problem of excess underground water at the project site had forced two construction companies to left the project midway. The then Chief Engineer of the earstwhile Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) had laid the foundation stone of the project in 2002 but the construction started in 2003.
A Chandigarh based construction Company- Parmar Construction Company, Chandigarh – to which the work was allocated was to completion the project in three years. The company had to surrender after spending crores of rupees in solving the underground water problem.
Later, Shring Construction Company of Dehradun was given the project. The company, because of certain technical reasons, could not carry out the work. Following which the department not only cancelled the contract but also forfeited its machinery and other equipment worth crores, it is learnt.
As per the official website of Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) funds for the execution have been arranged as loan from REC while the electro mechanical works are being executed by BHEL on EPC basis for which order was placed in May, 2004. The civil work is being done by M/s P and R INFRA -Projects, Chandigarh and is in full swing.
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