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Bengal link to power boost

Dhanbad, April 1: A proposed weir across the Damodar would soon boost the generation at Chandrapura Thermal Power Station (CTPS) by ensuring better utilisation of water.

A Bengal-based infrastructure developer, Jain Infraprojects Limited (JIL), has signed a Rs 19 crore deal to construct the weir and allied structures across the Damodar.

A weir is a low-head dam built across the river to raise the water-level.

It can also help build a pool behind the construction for power generation, which could also be diverted for irrigation purposes.

DVC has decided to expand the capacity of CTPS and requires more water for its additional units.

The weir would facilitate availability of surplus water through catchments in the river channel during the lean seasons.

The Damodar experiences long dry spells during summer months. On the contrary, water flow is extremely high during the monsoon, causing floods. The river, through an already existing intake well, feeds the CTPS.

DVC has appointed designer consultant Water and Power Consultancy Services (WAPCOS) for the proposed weir to be constructed at CTPS by JIL, founded in 2002 by young industrialist Manoj Kumar Jain.

Besides JIL, Jain Steel and Power Limited, Jain Energy Limited and Jain Realty are part of the Jain Group, which has made a foray into road construction, steel manufacturing, power generation and allied activities in the country.

JIL is a distinguished name in the highways, road-widening and maintenance projects.

Manoj, the group’s chairman and managing director, said the idea behind the projects was to transform the infrastructure scenario.

“My motto has been prom- inence through excellence and for a new player like us, it is a difficult proposition. However, our work in the strategic business units backed us,” said Manoj.

After operations in Bengal and Bihar, the construction of the weir at CTPS is the group’s first project in Jharkhand’s infrastructure development. The venture has become more significant after Jain entered into a strategic technical alliance with Midas IT of South Korea, one of the leaders in IT-based structural design, in May last year.

Jain Realty Projects will use this collaboration for specific JIL projects and also for development of realty.

“CTPS is, at present, our sole project here but we are trying to identify more avenues to bring about long-term changes,” the spokes- person of corporate communications of the company said.

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