Yadadri thermal ultra mega power project to bring laurels to country : KCR

The Chief Minister asked officials to complete the works of Yadadri Ultra Mega Thermal Power Project at the earliest

K Chandrashekhar Rao

HYDERABAD: The prestigious Yadadri Ultra Mega Thermal Power Project (UMTPP) undertaken by the Telangana Government, will bring laurels to the entire country, said Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao on Monday.

Chief Minister KCR inspected the construction of the power plant near Veerlapalem in the Nalgonda district's Damaracharla mandal on Monday, along with MLAs from the united Nalgonda district, higher officials, and public representatives.

Chief Minister KCR made it clear during his inspection of the construction activities at the Yadadri Ultra Mega Thermal Power Project that public sector projects like the Yadadri Thermal Power Project are undertaken without caving in to pressure from private corporate individuals in order to promote the welfare of farmers and the people of Telangana.

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

He also inquired about the power plant's daily coal and water requirements. The Chief Minister suggested that arrangements be made to supply Krishna water for the project's water needs. KCR said that the Damaracharla area was chosen for the power plant with the intention of providing employment to the people of the former Nalgonda district while keeping the Krishna Patnam Port and Addanki Highway in mind.

The Chief Minister proposed construction of a magnificent township for the approximately 10,000 employees of the power plant. The construction of required quarters for the staff should be constructed with all infrastructure, he said.

He added, that the staff would be increased and appropriate facilities would be provided accordingly, because the solar power will be built in the same area.

He also proposed acquiring 100 acres specifically for staff quarters and other facilities. A sports complex would be built on 50 acres. The Chief Minister proposed building a supermarket, commercial complex, staff quarters, club house, hospital, school, auditorium, and multiplex.

The Chief minister directed that the township be built with the best town planners available. KCR directed Secretary Smita Sabharwal to sanction 7 kilometres of four-line CC roads from Damaracharla Highway to Veerlapalem Power Plant as soon as possible. The Chief Minister wanted officials to work with the Railway Department to build the ROB at the railway crossing as well as expand the Damaracharla railway station.

The Chief Minister stated that steps should be taken to ensure that the plant's coal reserves are sufficient for at least 30 days. Because the power project was critical, authorities must act quickly and make appropriate decisions regarding other operations, such as coal reserves. Officials have been directed to develop plans to connect the Yadadri plant to all areas, including Hyderabad.

Transco and Genco CMD Prabhakar Rao informed the Chief Minister KCR that the two units in the Yadadri power plant would be completed by December 2023, and the remaining units would be completed by June 2024.

According to Prabhakar Rao, the power plant's construction 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 of the power plant construction.

KCR asked Chief Secretary Somesh Kumar and Collector Vinay Krishna Reddy to resolve pending issues with farmers who donated land to the Yadadri Power Plant as well as those who previously contributed to the Sagar project.

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