Haryana kicks off power supply boost

Written by Preeti Parashar | Chandigarh | Updated: Oct 15 2010, 06:56am hrs
Haryana has started work on adding about 100 lakh units to its present average power supply per day, taking the count to 600 lakh units per day from the current average 500 lakh units supplied per day. The power projects are being undertaken in the state keeping in mind the state government's aim to add 5,000 mw of generation capacity during the 11th Five Year Plan.

According to the Haryana Power Generation Corporation Limited (HPGCL), about 500 lakh units are supplied per day on an average, up from 360 lakh units supplied per day last year. HPGCL managing director Sanjeev Kaushal told FE that after both the units of 600 mw of Rajiv Gandhi thermal power project (RGTPP), Khedar (Hisar) will stabilise more power will flow into the state grid.

The first unit of 600 mw has been commissioned on full load and second unit's trial operation will begin within a fortnight. Second unit will commence commercial operations within a month, hence, both the units are likely to stabilise by December, he said. The project is likely to entail an investment of around Rs 4,337 crore and around 600 people are deployed at the site in Khedar with 180 engineers.

Kaushal said the first unit of 500 mw of 3x500 mw of Indira Gandhi Super Thermal Power Station at Jhajjar has been synchronised on oil and it is expected to be commissioned on full load within a month. Though the synchronisation of the first unit was scheduled to happen in October first week before Commonwealth games but the state could not supply power to Delhi due to the delay. As per original plans the first unit of 500 mw was to be ready by April this year with the second unit to begin power generation by mid June. The third unit of 500 mw was to start generation by August. The delay is said to have happened on supply front by Bhel.

Now the second unit will be synchronised in the next 3-4 months. The dates are yet to be finalised for the third unit, Kaushal said.