Haryana to have 24-hour power supply by 2012-13

Chandigarh, Nov 8 : Haryana will be able to supply power round the clock by 2012-13 as the State government is implementing an ambitious plan to increase generating capacity to bridge the gap between demand and supply and to strengthen power transmission and distribution system for supplying the increased electricity.

This was stated by Power Minister Mahender Pratap Singh today after laying foundation stone of 220 KV substation at village Meerpur Kaurali near Palwal to be constructed by the Haryana Vidyut Prasaran Nigam at a cost of Rs 91 crore.

Under this plan of capacity addition, generation from 600 MW Deenbandhu Chhotu Ram Thermal Power Plant, Yamunanager and 1200 MW Rajiv Gandhi Thermal Power Plant at Khedar (Hisar) has already been started.

He also laid foundation stone of a 66 KV substation at village Rundhi to be constructed at a cost of Rs 5.37 crore.

Mr Mahender Pratap Singh said the first unit of 500 MW of Indira Gandhi Super Thermal Power Station at Jhajjar had also been synchronised and its second and third units of 500 MW each were expected to be ready by January, 2011 and February, 2011 respectively.

Similarly, the first and second units of Mahatma Gandhi Super Thermal Power Plant, Jhajjar would start producing 1320 MW of power by 2011 and 2012 respectively. As much as 1700 MW of additional power would be available from private power plants in Gujarat and Orissa by 2012.

Mr Singh said tremendous progress had been made in enhancing the power generation capacity of the state. During the period from 2005 to 2010, a total of 1642.8 MW generating capacity had already been added. For the 2800 MW NuclearPower Plant to be set up at village Gorakhpur in district Fatehabad, the pre-project work had already been started by the Nuclear Power Corporation of India for setting up two units of 700 MW each in the first phase.

Considering electricity a most important part of infrastructure, the Minister said the State government had accorded top priority to power sector. The government was committed not only to make Haryana self sufficient in power, but also to strengthen transmission and distribution system.

The government was stressing for up-gradation of the distribution and transmission network in the State so as to provide quality power to the consumers.
A sum of Rs 4209.05 crore would be spent to add 96 sub-stations of 66 KV and above during financial year 2010-11 and 2011-12. In addition, over 100 substations of 33 KV level would be constructed by the distribution corporations.

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SUMIT KUMAR

Executive at India Electron Exchange

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