With a symbolic laying of the first crawler pads, the project has been started in May this year, only 11 months after the award and ahead of the contractual. The inauguration in Neyveli started with a traditional pooja by a priest, blessing the site and the workers. During the next almost 24 months, two large-scale bucket wheel excavators will be set up and installed comprising around 5,400T of structural steel, mechanical components and electrical systems. The excavators have a theoretical output of 5.460 cu m/hr each for removing overburden. In the peak periods, more than 200 people will be working on this project site under the supervision of TAKRAF India. The excavators are scheduled to go into operation in July 2015.