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Power Pays

Power Pays Hansavivek TATA ELECTRIC COMPANIES' proposal to instal a 500 MW set at the Trombay thermal station has been already approved by the Maharashtra State Electricity Board and is now awaiting clearance from the central government. The management intends to adopt the latest technology in the expansion, which can be a (pace-setter, not only in India but also for South- East Asia. It is felt that this advanced thermal multi-fuel shore-based unit can offer economic operation at reasonable cost with an annual output of 3,000 million units, which can expeditiously bridge the widening gap between demand and supply in the region of the companies' operation. A new industrial growth centre will arise in the region based on feed-stock from Bombay High, when it goes into production. Moreover, the emergence of several petro-chemical complexes with large power requirements based in this area would be an added justification not only for the proposed 500 MW unit, but also for additional super- thermal stations in Maharashtra, Referring to the problem of pollution, the chairman, Naval H Tata, says that his companies have always been conscious of their responsibility for minimising environmental impact. But he sounds a note of caution against overreacting to the pollution problem. Un- balanced emphasis on ecology without revelance to the social benefits, according to him, can seriously endanger the techno-economic structure of society. He suggests that a rational approach would be to identify suitable locations for installation of super-thermal stations and to afford adequate protection to the site and its environs from encroachment by undesirable development of indus- trial-curn residential areas in the vicinity.

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