Title: Fuzzy AHP model for challenges to thermal power plant establishment in India

Authors: Varinder Kumar Mittal; Rahul Sindhwani; Himanshu Shekhar; Punj Lata Singh

Addresses: Department of Mechanical Engineering, Amity School of Engineering and Technology, Amity University, Uttar Pradesh, Noida 201313, India ' Department of Mechanical Engineering, Amity School of Engineering and Technology, Amity University, Uttar Pradesh, Noida 201313, India ' Department of Mechanical Engineering, Amity School of Engineering and Technology, Amity University, Uttar Pradesh, Noida 201313, India ' Department of Civil Engineering, Amity School of Engineering and Technology, Amity University, Uttar Pradesh, Noida 201313, India

Abstract: Thermal power plant is a huge project in context of resource utilisation, time required for its completion and also large amount of funds are required for its establishment. So, delay in any activity especially activity of critical path would results in delay of whole project. Due to delay, the stress on the resources would also increase, which may further result in substandard quality of work. A fuzzy AHP process model has been used to prioritise the challenges to thermal power plant establishment through the inputs by experts from managers at the actual construction sites, designers, and consultants. The challenges identified in the present study can be categorised in three categories viz. high impact, medium impact and least impact challenges. This paper presented the ranking of 19 challenges faced in the establishment of a new thermal power plant in India.

Keywords: fuzzy AHP; challenges; multi-criteria decision making; ranking; project management; thermal power plant.

DOI: 10.1504/IJOR.2019.099109

International Journal of Operational Research, 2019 Vol.34 No.4, pp.562 - 581

Received: 13 Nov 2015
Accepted: 20 May 2016

Published online: 10 Apr 2019 *

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