NTPC to Contribute to the Improvement of Indian Power Sector

NTPC to Contribute to the Improvement of Indian Power Sector

Appreciating NTPC`s performance and contribution to the Nation, Shri Piyush Goyal, Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Power, Coal and New & Renewable Energy said the company has still bigger goals by aligning with the national mission. Addressing NTPC`s International Power Plant Operation and Maintenance Conference in New Delhi today with theme `Fuel Adequacy` to commemorate commencement of service from its first ever generating unit at Singrauli, on the same day in 1982, he said NTPC has seen turbulences & crisis and evolved as a better organization over a period of time. Shri Goyal added that it is his target to make NTPC the world`s most valuable company in next 5 years and urged all the employees to take this as a challenge and personal commitment by providing cheap and quality electricity to the masses.

Shri D.V. Kapoor, Founder Chairman of NTPC ,Shri A S Bakshi, Member Central Electricity Regulatory Commission and former Chairperson Central Electricity Authority , Dr Arup Roy Choudhury, Chairman and Managing Director, NTPC and Shri K K Sharma , Director (Operations), NTPC Ltd also spoke during the inaugural session.

In his address, Shri D.V. Kapoor said that NTPC was created to escalate power generation at the time when India was suffering from acute power shortage. NTPC took up the challenge and emerged as most efficient company that set benchmarks for the sector, he added. He appreciated the role of Finance and HR for the success of the organization along with Engineering.

Shri A.S. Bakshi in his address called NTPC Nation`s Pride which has brought innovative practices in the sector. He said the purpose of the conference is to share and learn from each other.

Dr. Arup Roy Choudhury , CMD NTPC emphasized on the need for improvement in efficiency to bring down cost of generation. He said fuel and water are scarce and a judicious use of these two is important and need retrospection in forums like these. He spoke about the need to weed out old redundant practices with new and more efficient ones at all power stations.

Shri K. K. Sharma assured the gathering of NTPC`s commitment to efficient generation while naming environment and fuel as the biggest challenges.

The conference is being attended by over 300 delegates with power industry representatives from USA, Germany, China, Japan, Australia as well as from domestic players like TATA Power, Adani group, GMR group, and many State Sector Power companies. Power Sector Stakeholders like Indian Railways, Central Water Commission, Central Pollution Control Board, institutions like TERI and manufactures and service providers like GE, Alstom, BHEL, Hitachi, Toshiba, Mecon etc . are also participating. Seven international papers and eighty three domestic technical papers are slated to be presented during the conference.


Centre approves revised Guidelines for Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana

The model villages adopted by the Members of Parliament under the Saansad Adarsh Gram Yojana (SAGY) will now get rural roads under Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY) on priority basis. Similarly, in these model villages, rural roads constructed or upgraded under PMGSY would have to be maintained by the State Governments up to prescribed standards and even beyond the built in period of first five years. A decision to issue these amended guidelines was taken in a meeting chaired by Union Minister for Rural Development. This is in accordance with the Cabinet decision wherein all Ministries/Departments of the Central Government have been asked to take necessary action to make suitable changes in the guidelines of their respective Central sector and Centrally Sponsored schemes/programmes to enable priority to be given to the Gram Panchayats selected under Saansad Adarsh Gram Yojana.

The Centre has approved amendments in the PMGSY Guidelines to accord priority in the selection of roads for new connectivity as well as upgradation, leading to the eligible habitations in the Gram Panchayats identified by the Members of Parliament under SAGY. As per the amended Guidelines, the State Governments shall give priority to all roads leading to the Gram Panchayats identified under SAGY irrespective of Comprehensive New Connectivity Priority List (CNCPL) to include all eligible unconnected habitations in the selected Gram Panchayats. In case of upgradation of roads, priority shall be given to the roads which have Pavement Condition Index (PCI) Value-I & II in the Gram Panchayats identified under SAGY. However, the length required for upgradation of these roads should be within the overall target allocated to various States under PMGSY-I and PMGSY-II. Moreover, in case of roads already built under PMGSY, in the Gram Panchayats identified under SAGY, State should carry out maintenance as per the activities suggested in the Operations Manuals and Rural Roads Manual (SP – 20.02.2002), even if the maintenance period of 5 years is over. The State Governments must ensure PCI of not less than four for all such roads at all times. Adequate funds for this purpose will be provided by State Governments.


Near Total Financial Delegation in CPWD to Speed Up Project Implementation

Financial Power of Regional Offices Enhanced from Rs.30 Cr to Rs.200 Cr

99 % of Tenders to be Finalized at Regional Level

In a major decentralization initiative, the power of accepting and approving tenders have been delegated to Regional Offices of Central Public Works Department (CPWD) to speed up implementation of projects. After an extensive review of factors resulting in delayed implementation of projects by CPWD, the Minister of Urban Development Shri M.Venkaiah Naidu has delegated to Regional Work Boards financial powers to accept and approve tenders up to a value of Rs.200 cr. This amounts to substantial decentralization given that the existing power of Regional Offices is to approve tenders up to only Rs.30 cr. Further to this delegation, only less than 1% of project proposals would come to the Central Works Board of CPWD.

CPWD is currently processing a total of 3,832 proposals for finalization of tenders. Of these 99% would now be decided at regional level instead of coming to CPWD Hqrs in New Delhi. Of the 1,928 works in progress currently costing a total of Rs.20,370 cr, only 16 tenders were of the value of more than Rs.200 cr each, giving an indication of the impact of financial delegation approved by the Minister.

While addressing the over 30,000 employees of CPWD through video conferencing on 9.9.2014, Shri Venkaiah Naidu desired that most of the decision making and financial approvals should be at the level of Regional Offices of CPWD for speedy execution of works. The latest financial delegation comes in pursuance of this direction of the Minister of Urban Development.


Sarbanand Sonowal wishes Indian Cricket Team All Success at World Cup

Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports Shri Sarbananda Sonowal has wished all success to Indian Cricket team taking part in the World Cup 2015, currently underway in Australia after formal opening ceremony. In a message the Minister has said that best wishes of billions of Indians are with the Team India and he is confident that M.S. Dhoni and his team mates would lift the Trophy to bring laurels to Country.
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