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NAVEENA GHANATE
Hyderabad

Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao said that projects like the Yadadri Ultra Mega Thermal Power Project with a capacity of 4,000 MW launched by the Telangana Government will bring laurels to the entire country.

KCR made it clear that in the interests of farmers and the Telangana people projects like the Yadadri Thermal Power Project should be undertaken in the public sector without succumbing to pressure from private companies.

The Chief Minister directed Power Minister Jagadish Reddy, Transco and Genco CMD Prabhakar Rao and BHEL officials to complete the Yadadri Ultra Mega Thermal Power Project at the earliest.

KCR inspected work at the power plant site on Monday near Veerlapalem in the Damaracharla mandal of Nalgonda district. Accompanied by ministers, public representatives and officials KCR reached the site of the Yadadri Power Plant in two helicopters in the afternoon. From the helipad, the CM reached the site of Power Plant Phase-1 and Unit-2 Boiler.

KCR, ministers and officials reached the twelfth floor at a height of 82 meters and inspected work on the plant. The Chief Minister enquired with Transco, Genco and BHEL about the progress in constructing the plant. Officials inspected the display boards set up near the power plant. KCR said that measures should be taken to ensure that coal reserves required for the plant last at least 30 days. As the power project is important the authorities should act proactively and take decisions in the case of all operations including coal reserves, he added.

The officials were directed to make arrangements for electricity connectivity from the Yadadri plant to all areas including Hyderabad. KCR enquired about the daily requirements of coal and water for the power plant. The Chief Minister suggested that arrangements should be made to supply Krishna water to the project.

The CM said that the Damaracharla area was selected for the power plant to provide employment to the people of erstwhile Nalgonda district keeping in view the Krishna Patnam Port and the Addanki Highway.

The CM ordered the construction of a township for the 10,000 employees working at the power plant. The construction of staff quarters should be done with proper infrastructure, the CM said.

KCR said that as a solar power plant is also being located in the same area, staffers will increase and facilities should be provided accordingly. The CM suggested that 100 acres should be acquired for the staff quarters and other facilities. 50 acres will be allocated for a sports complex.

The Chief Minister suggested to launch the construction of a supermarket, commercial complex, club house, hospital, school, auditorium and multiplex. Quarters should be constructed for private service staff working in the power plant.

The CM ordered to hire the services of the best town planners for constructing the township. The CM directed Secretary Smita Sabharwal to immediately sanction 7 km of four-lane CC roads from the Damaracharla Highway to the Veerlapalem Power Plant.

The Chief Minister directed officials to coordinate with the Railways for the construction of a ROB at the railway crossing as well as the expansion of the Damaracharla railway station.

Transco and Genco CMD Prabhakar Rao explained to KCR that the two units will be completed by December 2023 and the that remaining units will be completed by June 2024 at the Yadadri power plant.

Prabhakar Rao told the CM that the construction of the power plant has been delayed for more than a year and a half due to Corona. The Chief Minister congratulated Transco and Genco CMD Prabhakar Rao on the progress in constructing the power plant.

KCR directed Chief Secretary Somesh Kumar and Collector Vinay Krishna Reddy to solve the pending issues of farmers who gave land to the Yadadri Power Plant and for those who contributed to the Sagar project in the past.

Accompanied by local MLA Bhaskar Rao, the Chief Minister, who had spent more time to receive petitions from local people, directed officials to take appropriate action on the spot.

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