Udaipur : A racket involved in supplying substandard and adulterated coal for use in the power plant of Hindustan Zinc at Zawar Mines here has been busted by the police. The gang , is accused of unloading the imported pure coal meant for supply to the plant, from the sealed containers reaching at Navlakha port and mixing it up with substandard charcoal at some warehouse situated in Mehsana in Gujarat and re-supplying the material to the plant here. The racket has allegedly adulterated 19 thousand tonnes of coal duping the company to an estimated worth of 12 crore rupees in a year, police said. Two truck drivers were arrested and taken into police remand on Tuesday for further investigation. Police suspect involvement of personnel and officers of the company in the forgery.
“ A case of fraud against a transporter firm United Shippers Ltd has been lodged by Kuldeep Singh Jat, the security manager of the HZL power plant for supplying adulterated coal for more than a year” said Ramswaroop Meena, the SHO of Zawar Mines police station. The firm had the contract for transporting goods to the company’s plant from the Gujarat port. Acting on the complaint, the police held two trucks that arrived at the plant on Monday with coal loads from the Navlakha port. The sample test proved the supply as substandard and mixed with inferior quality of coal. According to sources, top grade coal with 6,100 calorific value was imported regularly for the plant, whereas the load supplied was found to be inferior one with mere 2004 calorific value. Cops arrested two truck drivers MahantRaj, resident of Chittorgarh and Usman, resident of Rajkot, Gujarat and interrogated them. Confessing the modus operandi, the drivers said that the sealed containers which were loaded from the Navlakha port instead of being directly transported to the Zawar Mines plant were first taken to a godown in Besariya village in Mehsana district of Gujarat. Sura, the incharge of the warehouse would break the sealed containers unloading fifty percent of the pure supply and then refill it with inferior quality of charcoal.
The re-sealed containers were then transported to the power plant. The adulterated supply of coal had adversely affected the production capacity of the plant and increased the fuel consumption too in a year which raised suspicion among the authorities. A committee was made to find the reasons for the loss and increased consumption of coal which exposed the adulteration game, sources said. Two more persons were said to be detained for interrogation, however their arrest was not confirmed by authorities. A team has been send to Mehsana for investigation meanwhile the police suspect involvement of staff not only in the plant but from the transporter company and the Navlakha port too.