Haryana consumers to pay less for power this summer

Written by Preeti Parashar | Chandigarh | Updated: Feb 2 2011, 08:11am hrs
Its good news for the electricity consumers of Haryana as they will have to pay less this summer season as the state power utilities will not be buying power from the open market.

Tie-ups with various states and an enhanced generation capacity help the state reduce power tariff. Source said the cost of power can go down by 50 paise per unit during the summer season, which usually goes up due to purchase of power at higher rates by the state power utilities. But this time the utilities have made arrangements to ensure uninterrupted power supply during the ensuing summer and paddy seasons. Hence, Haryana need not purchase costly power from the open market. On one hand it will spare the state funds and on the other it will provide considerable relief to the consumers.

Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda said that the Haryana power purchase centre had assessed the power demand at 5,500 to 6,000 mw daily, factoring in 14% annual load growth rate, and a normal monsoon during June, July, August and September. Proper banking arrangements have been tied up to ward off the need for buying electricity from other sources, he said.

Arun Kumar, MD, Uttar Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (UHBVN) told FE, As on January 31, we are supplying around 4,200 mw of power daily, which may go up to 5,500-6,000 mw by May-June. During these months the load from agriculture sector increases and we have to buy power at rates varying between Rs 6-8 per unit from the open market. But this year we wont buy and made arrangements with states where monsoons arrive early than Haryana so that they can give us power during our peak season and when load is less in Haryana (October-December) we will give them power at the generation cost only which will be around Rs 2-3 per unit.

Looking at the anticipated demand versus the supply position and the arrangements made, the state will get about 2,600 mw from the plants of the Haryana Power Generation Corporation; 400 mw from the Faridabad gas-based power plant; 500 mw from the BBMB; 400 mw from NTPC; 300 mw from NHPC; 100 mw from Nathpa Jhakri; 250 to 300 mw from the upcoming Indira Gandhi Super Thermal Power Project, Jhajjar; and about 200 mw from the projects like Anta, Oriya etc daily. Under the banking arrangements, the state will get back about 350 to 400 mw power from J&K, HP, Uttaranchal and UP.