NPC to set up two nuclear power plants in Haryana

Written by fe Bureau | Chandigarh | Updated: Mar 5 2011, 06:18am hrs
Pre-project activities have been initiated by the Nuclear Power Corporation (NPC) for setting up a nuclear power plant of two units of 700mw each at village Gorakhpur in district Fatehabad of Haryana.

This was revealed by Haryana Governor, Jagannath Pahadia while delivering his address on the first day of the Vidhan Sabha session on Friday. He said that at present, on an average daily basis, 903 lakh units of power are being supplied as against 578 lakh units supplied in 2004-05.

As the state has made rapid strides in development, the demand for electricity has witnessed an unprecedented increase in the past few years. Concrete steps have been taken to add generation capacity of 5,000 mw in the public and private sector and to make commensurate investments in transmission and distribution network. In the last six years, 243 new sub-stations have been constructed, capacity of 440 existing sub-stations has been augmented and 3,305 KMs of new transmission lines have been laid.

All the generation projects are progressing well. Both the units of 1,200 mw Rajiv Gandhi Thermal Power Project at Khedar, Hisar were commissioned in April 2010 and October 2010 in a record period of 38 months and 44 months respectively. The 1,500 mw Indira Gandhi Super Thermal Power Project is being set up in Jhajjar as a joint venture with government of Haryana, Delhi government and NTPC. The first unit of this project of 500 mw was commissioned on November 1, 2010. The second and third units are likely to be ready by July 2011 and January 2012 respectively.

In addition, two units of 660 mw each of the Mahatma Gandhi Super Thermal Power Project in Jhajjar are expected to be commissioned in December 2011 and May 2012 respectively.

The segregation of rural domestic and agricultural load has vastly improved the quality of power supply to rural areas. Out of 2.36 lakh families living below the poverty line,1.77 lakh families have been covered under the Rajiv Gandhi Gramin Vidyutikaran Yojana. Haryana government has also taken a number of initiatives to promote renewable energy in the state. Already 128 mw green power projects have been installed. Under the Jawahar Lal Nehru National Solar Mission, MoUs have been signed with nine independent power producers for setting up solar power projects totaling to 8.8 mw with an investment of approximately Rs 132 crore. Haryana has taken the lead in the country by implementing the first of its kind project to provide solar street lights in all the villages of Sirsa district with the financial assistance of Central Government.

Haryana is also the first state in the country to revise the Haryana schedule of rates (HSR) for bringing energy efficiency in construction of government buildings. Various measures have resulted in a total energy saving of about 165 mw during 2009-10.

While referring to the implementation of drinking water supply schemes, the Governor said that National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (Nabard) has approved a major project for providing sustainable drinking water in the water deficit areas of Mahendergarh district. A total of 1007 habitations have been identified for augmentation of drinking water supply in the year 2010-11.

As many as 8.72 lakh Scheduled Caste households have been provided free water connections along with one 200 liter capacity water tank each under the Indira Gandhi Drinking Water Supply Scheme. The remaining eligible households are likely to be covered by March, 2013.

The Rajiv Gandhi drinking water augmentation project aims to ensure drinking water in Mewat. As of now, 245 villages under the tubewell segment and 258 villages under the rainey well segment have been covered under the scheme. The work of providing enhanced quantity of water in 258 villages of the rainey well segment is in progress.

As many as 100 water treatment plants based on reverse osmosis technology have been installed in the villages of Mahendergarh, Jhajjar and Kaithal districts. The drinking water supply and sewerage facilities are being improved in 19 towns in the National Capital Region (NCR) at a total cost of R538.96 crore. Under the economic stimulus package, work of water supply and sewerage in 14 identified towns has been taken up during the year 2010.

Referring to rural development, he said that under the Mahatama Gandhi Gramin Basti Yojana, free residential plots of 100 square yards each have been allotted to 3.40 lakh eligible Scheduled Caste, Backward Class (A) and

BPL families. The work of allotment of such plots to the remaining eligible families is in progress. Under the Indira Awaas Yojana, 10,476 houses have been constructed and 10,132 houses are under


Under the Mahatama Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS), 45.27 lakh mandays have been generated in the current financial year. The opening of approximately 3.80 lakh bank and post office accounts of beneficiaries of the scheme is a step forward in the direction of financial inclusion.

Haryana government is paying R179 per day as the wage rate to workers under MGNREGS which is the highest wage rate amongst the states in the country. During the current financial year, 8,355 development works have been undertaken in rural areas and 2,413 have already been completed. Under the Swaranjayanti Gram Swarozgar Yojana (SGSY), 18,171 beneficiaries have been assisted out of which 53% are Scheduled Castes and 84%women. Under the Backward Region Grant Fund, 2,836 works have been taken up and 1,696 have already been completed in Mahendergarh and Sirsa districts.

He said that community led sanitation campaign is a success story. As many as 1,248 gram panchayats and one block have been awarded the Nirmal Gram Puraskar by Government of India. Owing to the total sanitation campaign there is a perceptible behavioral change in the rural areas which will create a demand for improved sanitation. The Mukhyamantri sanitation incentive Puraskar has provided a fresh impetus to the campaign.