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Written by fe Bureau | Updated: Dec 31 2009, 05:06am hrs
Khedar power plants 1st unit synchronised

The first unit of 600 mw of Rajiv Gandhi Thermal Power Project (RGTPP) at Khedar in district Hisar has been synchronised with the grid on Tuesday in the presence of Haryana chief minister, Bhupinder Singh Hooda and Haryana power minister Mahender Pratap Singh. The synchronisation has took a record 35 months. Hooda said that the synchronisation on oil achieved indicates the commencement of the final procedure for taking the unit towards full load generation on a sustained basis. The unit shall be operated at a load of around 40 to 50 mw for a few hours during which all the leakages and problem areas will be noted for corrective action.

Rail corridors in NCR

The national capital will soon be better connected with neighbouring cities as the government is finalising dedicated rail corridors for the National Capital Region (NCR). Termed as Regional Rapid Transit System, the three busiest routes being finalised to have dedicated corridors are Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut, Delhi-Gurgaon-Rewari-Alwar and Delhi-Sonepat-Panipat at an estimated cost of Rs 5,000 crore excluding the rolling stock. We will conduct a detailed feasibility study of these corridors on a priority basis, a senior urban development ministry official said. Urban development ministry is coordinating with the Railway ministry and governments of Delhi, Haryana, UP and Rajasthan to constitute the NCR Transport Corporation for implementation of the dedicated corridor project.

The Centre and the states will have equal equity of 50:50 in the project.

Haryana paddy arrival

Paddy production in Haryana has broken all previous records this year, as till Monday over 46.78 lakh tonne of paddy arrived in the mandis. Earlier, the highest arrival of 45.11 lakh tonnes of paddy was recorded in 2005. Last year, the state recorded total arrival of 43.03 lakh tonne of paddy. Higher production of paddy had been possible due to pro-farmer policies of the state government and the hardwork of the farmers. The paddy, which arrived in the mandis of the state had been purchased either by the government agencies or by the millers or dealers. Government agencies had purchased over 26.34 lakh tonnes and millers and dealers over 20.44 lakh tonne of paddy.