Tangedco abol­ishes 420 posts in 3 ther­mal power projects

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CHEN­NAI: To cut down un­wanted post­ings at its on­go­ing ther­mal power projects, Tangedco has abol­ished more than 420 posts in the 660 MW ETPS ex­pan­sion project, 1320 MW Udan­gudi and Up­pur Su­per­crit­i­cal Ther­mal Power projects. This has un­der­stand­ably an­guished the trade unions, who also point out that cut­ting staff strength may de­lay the projects fur­ther.

The de­ci­sion to abol­ish hundreds of ex­ist­ing posts were taken as per the or­ders of Tangedco Board fol­low­ing its 91st meet­ing held in Novem­ber last year. The board deemed these posts un­nec­es­sary af­ter the project man­age­ment con­sul­tancy con­tracts were awarded.

Fol­low­ing the board’s or­der, the Direc­tor (Projects) has sub­mit­ted the pro­posal to utilise min­i­mum staff to ex­e­cute the project. Ac­cord­ing to the pro­posal, the En­nore Ther­mal Power Sta­tion (ETPS) ex­pan­sion project, which was the first one to be awarded engi­neer­ing, pro­cure­ment and con­struc­tion (EPC) con­tract by the State govern­ment in July 2014, has the sanc­tion of 155 posts in var­i­ous dis­ci­plines for four years or till the com­ple­tion of the project.

The Direc­tor has sug­gested re­tain­ing only seven posts in the ETPS ex­pan­sion project, in­clud­ing chief en­gi­neer (Civil), and di­vert 15 posts to the 800 MW North Chen­nai Ther­mal Power Plant Stage III to as­sist in the com­mis­sion­ing of the project. The rest 133 posts would be abol­ished.

In the case of the Up­pur Su­per­crit­i­cal project, it was de­cided to abol­ish 147 of the 167 sanc­tioned posts, re­tain­ing only the re­main­ing 20 posts. Sim­i­larly, only 21 of the 194 posts would be re­tained for the Udan­gudi Su­per­crit­i­cal project, while rest would be abol­ished.

Trade union sources said that de­spite the pres­ence of the board en­gi­neers and staffs, all the ther­mal power projects were run­ning with a de­lay of up to 40 months.

“We fear that the abol­ish­ing hundreds of posts would only lead to more de­lay in the ex­e­cu­tion of the projects con­sid­er­ing less su­per­vi­sion. We will de­mand the man­age­ment to re­tain the ex­ist­ing posts if not all the sanc­tioned posts. There are sev­eral va­cant posts which could be abol­ished,” sources added.

A se­nior Tangedco of­fi­cial said the idea was to avoid un­nec­es­sary waste of man­power at the project sites af­ter the ap­point­ment of the con­sul­tancy to over­see the works. “We ex­pect the ther­mal power plants will be com­mis­sioned as per sched­ule,” he said.

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