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SBJ/Sarai Banjara (3 PFs)
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Station Road, Sarai Banjara (Distt. Patiala) 140401
State: Punjab

Elevation: 271 m above sea level
Zone: NR/Northern   Division: Ambala

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Oct 28 2013 (05:57) Rajpura thermal plant to start without rail link (
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PATIALA: Eager to inaugurate the Rajpura thermal plant on chief minister Parkash Singh Badal's birthday on December 8, the SAD-BJP government is all set to commission the plant without a proper rail link required to carry coal to the plant. Date of commercial production of power, i.e. when the plant would start selling power to the state, is January 17. According to sources, the representatives of Larsen & Toubro, the private company that would run the plant, are still negotiating with the railway authorities for a rail link to the plant. Completion of a part of the railway line to the thermal plant is hanging fire as some of the farmers in the area had moved court against acquisition of their land for building the railway line. Sources added that around 4km rail track to the plant is still incomplete. The plant has been provided a connecting link from Sarai Banjara,...
a small station situated on the busy New Delhi-Amritsar rail link between Sirhind and Rajpura stations. "While the down link (through which empty rakes will return from the plant to main the railway track) is complete, part of the up link is yet to be constructed, forcing the private company to seek alternative mode of transport to run the plant," said a Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) official. The plant would initially be commissioned by using special oil as a fuel for the first few days. While other thermal power stations in the state have been provided with a single connecting track (where rakes carrying coal go and return on the same track), there is a need to construct double track for Rajpura plant to keep traffic disruption to the minimum. "We are expecting the railways would give us temporary permission to carry coal through down rail track till the up track is completed. Matter would be settled soon," a Larsen & Toubro official said. Anil Kumar Kathpal, divisional railway manager, Ambala division, refused to elaborate on the issue. Confirming that a part of connecting railway link was still pending, G S Chhabra, director (generation), PSPCL, said, "Down link is complete and part of only up link is to be constructed". Sources said if the railways refused to give permission to use down rail link to carry coal to the plant, the operators would have to carry coal through trucks after unloading the fuel at the nearest railway station. Given the fact that around two trains per day would be required to run the plant initially, not less than 200-300 trucks would be required to carry the fuel to the plant. "They (operator) are working on the issue. However, if the same is not resolved, coal may be transported though road for a short span," said K D Chaudhury, PSPCL CMD.
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