Did Bawana failure trigger move?

The non-functional 750 mega watt gas turbine power plant of Bawana may have provided a basis to the Delhi government for lodging FIR against Reliance Industries Limited and Congress leaders as it refused to supply gas to this plant.

A senior Delhi government official said the plant, which was constructed at a cost of Rs 45,00 crore, is not fully functional as the Reliance Industries, which has the contract of supplying gas from Krishna Godavari D6 (KG D6) basin, refused to supply gas to the plant citing shortage of gas.

“Only 25 per cent of this plant is working which can only contribute 200-240 mega watts a day against the peak demand of more than 5,500 mega watt per day. Reliance was supposed to supply ample quantity of gas but it refused to do so citing lack of gas,” said a senior official.

The Delhi government is already suffering from the RIL and the Central government decision of hike in natural gas which is directly profiting the RIL, he added.In July, 2013, RIL started releasing 0.83 million standard cubic meters per day (mmscmd) of gas to the Bawana gas turbine plant, but it only helped to increase the power production to 90 mw.

“As per the initial agreement, the RIL was supposed to supply 1.56 mmscmd gas for the Bawana Plant, but on the current quantum, less than 1 mmscmd,” the official added.The former Sheila Dikshit government, at many occasions, threatened RIL to cancel the agreement if it does not fulfil the demand but she never took any action.

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