Power ministry mulls strict norms for hydel plant contractors

Written by Sanjay Jog | Mumbai | Updated: Sep 25 2009, 04:08am hrs
The power ministry and Central Electricity Authority (CEA) have suggested stringent provisions for minimal damage to the environment and for the implementation of various labour laws for the development of hydro power project.

The contract conditions in the standard bidding document aim at streamlining the contract management system to minimise the contractual problems between the employers and the contractors to achieve project completion with minimum time and cost.

During the contract period, the contractor and sub-contractors should abide by all existing labour enactment and rules, notifications and bye-laws of the Centre or local authority and any other labour law (including rules) regulations, bye-laws that may be passed or notification that may be issued under any labour law in future by the Centre or the local authority.

At present, hydro power capacity of 15,627 mw, 20,334 mw and 24,500 mw is being planned during 11th, 12th and 13th Plan, respectively.

Sources told FE that the contractor would be required to ensure that there would be no indiscriminate felling of trees by him or his labourers or their family members and he will be solely responsible for their acts in this regard. The contractor would try to maintain ecological balance by preventing deforestation, water pollution and defacing of natural landscape in the vicinity of work areas. The contractor would have to carry out construction operations in such a way to prevent an unnecessary destruction of, scarring or defacing the natural surroundings in the vicinity of the work area.

Moreover, the contractors construction activities would be performed by methods that will prevent entrance or accidental spillage of solid matter contaminants, debris and other objectionable pollutants and wastage into river. Pollutants and wastes would have to be disposed of in a manner and at sites approved by the engineer in-charge. It would be mandatory for the contractor to fully comply with Water (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1974 section -33(A).