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Rich tributes paid to Jambulinga Mudaliar

NLC honours its creator, Jamulinga Mudaliar by inaugurating his statue as a mark of respect

B. Surender Mohan, CMD, NLC unveiled the life size bronze statue of Jambulinga Mudaliar Statue who played a major role during the 1930s in the formation of NLC. Jambulinga Mudaliar, was a landlord from the erstwhile South Arcot District. He was born at Thirukandeeswaram, a place near Cuddalore, to Masilamani Mudaliar and Smt. Sornambal on June 22, 1890.

A committed educationist, land lord, prominent citizen and a progressive farmer, Mudaliar had a great zeal to spread literacy among the rural population. He occupied many posts such as Zilla Board Chairman of erstwhile South Arcot District, Chairman of Cuddalore Municipality, Member of Academic Council of Annamalai University, Member of Railway Board, etc. To honour his services, the British Government conferred Rao Bhahadur Award to Mudaliar.

Lignite deposit was a chance finding when some ‘brown substance’ gushed out with water in Mudaliar own farm artesian well during 1934. He acted swiftly and contacted the then British Raj, which sent Geologists to Neyveli. He took initiative by providing assistance and arranged to send the samples of ‘coal like’ material. It was later identified as ‘Lignite’, a fossil fuel, the younger offspring of coal family. He generously extended substantial portion of the sprawling land-bank belonging to him for Soil Exploration. Through his effort, the Madras Government started a mining company in Neyveli on March 5, 1953, under the industries department of the state with an annual capacity of 16,000 tonnes of lignite per annum.

Later, through the efforts of the then mining engineer H.K. Gosh and Chief Minister K. Kamaraj, the company was taken over by Government of India. The then Prime Minister Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, inaugurated the Mining operation in Neyveli on May 20, 1957. Now, the sapling has grown multifold as a giant tree spreading its branches in all parts of the country with a yield of three crore six lakh tonnes of lignite per annum. Jambulinga Mudaliar, will be remembered forever for his untiring efforts.

Earlier, when the township was developed, a main road in Neyveli Township was christened after his name, as a tribute to Mudaliar. In continuation of the same, a life size bronze statue of Mudaliar at a cost of Rs 9 lakh is installed at Double Bridge Square, a prominent junction at Neyveli Township and B. Surender Mohan, CMD, NLC un-veiled the statue. His first announcement soon after assuming charge as CMD was to erect a statue at the Township, to honour the lignite legend. Recalling the same, he expressed his gladness after accomplishment.

While addressing, the CMD recollected the educational and agricultural services of Mudaliar. On this occasion, Surender Mohan honoured the grandson, grand-daughter and great grandson, of Mudaliar, viz. Amaran, Smt. Ranjitham and Raman, respectively, who were invited from distant places, CMD also honoured the sculptor of the statue, Natarajan Sthapathi from Chennai.

The function was followed by the inauguration of ‘Navratna Park at Block-22, of Neyveli Township by CMD. The Park spreads over a vast area of 20 acres, and was developed at a cost of Rs 1.25 crore. A walk way of 1.5 km long, children amusement with 19 different equipments was the added advantage of the park. The specialty of this park is an herbal garden with 54 rare type herbs. A science park with 54 science equipments is under progress.

R. Kandasamy, director (Mines, Planning & Projects), J. Mahilselvan, Director(Power) Rakesh Kumar, Director(Finance), senior officials of NLC, Representatives from Trade Unions, Associations and general public participated in the above functions.

Meanwhile while inaugurating the Golden Jubilee Park in commemoration with the completion of 50 years by the Unit-II of Neyveli Thermal Power Station-I, B. Surender Mohan, CMD, NLC informed that the Power Stations of NLC are geared up to set a new record in power generation during the current financial year (April 2012- March 2013).

The Neyveli Lignite Mining cum Thermal project was inaugurated by our beloved first Prime Minister Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru on 20.05.1957. As the epitome of Indo-Soviet collaboration, the 600 MW Neyveli Thermal Power Station-1 constructed at a cost of Rs 77.83 crores (including Township). This project was executed as a Turnkey project by M/s Technoprom export of erstwhile Soviet Union.

This station is the first lignite based Thermal Power Station in Southeast Asia, first pit head Thermal Power Station in India and first largest Thermal Power Station in South India. The entire plant and machinery was supplied by M/S Technopromexport, Moscow and erected by NLC under the guidance of Soviet Specialists.

The First and Second units of this Power Station was commissioned on May 23, 1962 and February 23, 1963 respectively. The last unit was commissioned on February 21, 1970. The Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation Limited (formerly TNEB) is the sole beneficiary for the power generated in this Station. This Power Station is accredited with ISO 9001:2008, ISO 14001:2004 and OHSAS 18001:2007 certifications.

The first Unit of this Power Station has completed 50 years on 22.05.2012. To commemorate the occasion, a plaque was opened on May 30, 2012. Similarly, January 22, 2013, the 50 MW Unit II completed 50 years of service. To celebrate this occasion, the golden jubilee park developed at the adjacent side of the Thermal Power Station-I was inaugurated by B. Surender Mohan, CMD, NLC. The beautiful little park has a plaque in memory of 50 years service of Unit-II and a global shape monument.

This event was followed by the inauguration of Training Park at the Thermal Power Station premises by Director (Power) J. Mahilselvan. This park contains mini hall, wherein the pictorial representation of power generating procedures and diagrams are displayed. This hall will be used for demonstrating the process of power generation to the engineering college students who come on industrial visit.

While addressing B. Surender Mohan appreciated the employees of Thermal Power Station for their relentless service. The method of operation and maintenance followed in the power station leads to extend the life of the power plant, he said. He informed that from April 01, 2012 to February 27, 2013(up to 6 am), NLC power stations has generated 1790 crore unit of power, which is 113 crore Unit more than the corresponding period of previous year. He hoped that NLC power stations will definitely create new record in the current financial year. It is expected that NLC will achieve about 1980 crore Unit in the financial year.

R. Kandasamy, J. Mahil Selvan, Rakesh Kumar, directors of NLC, S Rajagopal, director (Power) (Designate), B. Krishnamoorthy, ED/Thermal and Ravindra Nair, general manager/TPS-I felicitated the function. The event was witnessed by Senior Officials and Employees and representatives of Trade Union and Associations of NLC Limited.

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