New Delhi 2010 powers up

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New Delhi–based real estate company Simplex Projects has been awarded the contract for constructing two stadia for the 2010 Commonwealth Games, and power companies have also been selected to service the event.

New Delhi–based real estate company Simplex Projects has been awarded the contract for constructing two stadia for the 2010 Commonwealth Games–the Talkatora Indoor Stadium and Talkatora Stadium phase II. The company will be carrying out major renovation and improvement work on the Talkatora Indoor stadium. The project also includes construction of a new block with an area of approximately 25, 000 sqm, which will house facilities for players, media and Commonwealth Games officials along with communication and medical facilities. Along with this, the project work will also include renovation of the existing Talkatora Stadium and construction of a double basement parking facility for 300 cars. Simplex Projects is already constructing the Connaught Stadium in the city and a bridge near Lawrence Road in New Delhi. "We are hoping to complete the project by December 2009, " said Sudharshan Das Mundhra, director, Simplex Projects. Meanwhile, India's chief minister Sheila Dikshit has promised uninterrupted power supply at all 2010 Commonwealth Games venues. She also said the largest gas–based power project in northern India at Bawana would be commissioned months before the Games. Dikshit made these claims after inspecting the Pragati Power III project with Union minister of state for power Jairam Ramesh in late December 2008. She further stated that the 150 MW Bawana power project was being considered for a certificate giving it mega power status. The chief minister also stated that gas supply arrangements have already been signed with GAIL, IOC and BPCL and that GAIL had started laying the pipeline and installation of gas terminal at site. An official release said a turnkey contract was awarded to BHEL in April 2008 and NTPC has been engaged as consultant on the project. BHEL has already placed order for gas turbines and their tests will be conducted in February 2009. Dikshit also stated that gas turbine–I would start generating 250 MW in March 2010, gas turbine–II would generate another 250 MW in May, gas turbine–III would also generate 250 MW in July. A steam turbine–I would generate 250 MW in July 2010 whereas rest 500 MW would be generated before commencement of the Games by gas turbine–IV and steam turbine–II.

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