Energy Minister’s surprise visit to Khaperkheda TPS; orders vigilance audit

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 02 Oct 2017 09:19:39


Koradi Correspondent,

Energy Minister also orders action against officers/ employees absent without prior permission

Chandrashekhar Bawankule, Energy Minister, paid a surprise inspection visit to Khaperkheda Thermal Power Station (TPS) on Sunday evening. He expressed displeasure over sub-letting of contracts given to Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL), absence of officers/employees without obtaining prior permission of authorities concerned.
He also ordered vigilance audit of funds meant for capital overhaul.

Bawankule visited controller rooms of 210x4 MW and 500x1 MW units, turbine, service building, time office, effluent treatment plant, etc. As he found many officers and employees missing on duty and huge corridors looking deserted, he became irate. He immediately summoned for attendance register. The officials present on the occasion informed the minister that Operations Department was closed completely and many had gone to Sunday market.

As the overhaul of 210x4 MW units was in progress, he asked how did the Superintending Engineer was absent. There are five Deputy Chief Engineers and one Chief Engineer, he reminded the officials. Rajkumar Taskar, Chief Engineer, who was out on some work immediately rushed to the thermal power station on being informed about Bawankule’s surprise visit. Manohar Khandekar, Deputy Chief Engineer, was not present as he had gone to some other place to attend to a relative who was not keeping well, the officials told the minister.

During visit, Bawankule was angry over BHEL sub-letting contract of 210x4 MW units, and that another contractor had further sub-let the contract to some another and so on. One single contract was sub-let to five people in a chain, he found. As a result, he pulled up the senior officers for lack of supervision. He ordered vigilance audit of funds to the tune of Rs 130 crore meant for capital overhaul in 2015-16, 2016-17, and 2017-18.

Later, Bawankule held an emergency meeting of senior officers. Rajkumar Taskar, Chief Engineer; Rajendra Raut, Deputy Chief Engineer; Fulzele, Sawaitul, Rangari, Shegokar, Urkude, Security Officer and others were present. As per the attendance register, there should have been 21 engineers, 84 technicians, and 107 labourers on duty. However, Bawankule suspected that those many people were not on duty. He asked Taskar to submit the list of people actually on duty and those who were absent without obtaining prior permission. “I shall visit any plant anytime and anywhere,” he warned.