States asked to give time-bound T&D target

Written by Sanjay Jog | Mumbai, Feb 25 | Updated: Feb 26 2008, 05:38am hrs
The Centre has expressed serious doubts over the development of complementary transmission and distribution system by states to carry 78,577 mw of power proposed to be added during the 11th Plan.

The power ministry has observed that although many state utilities have formulated some plans, there are no definite milestones or a time-bound programme of implementation.

States have been asked to work out a time-bound implementation programme for their intra-state and sub-transmission and distribution system and closely monitor various implementation activities ensuring a timely completion of the works matching with increase in generation availability.

The ministry, which reviewed the current situation at a meeting with the states last week, also asked the concerned states to carry out works on a priority basis so that the benefits of accelerated generation capacity addition programme and Rajiv Gandhi Grameen Vidyutikaran Yojana (RGGVY) may be availed.

According to ministry sources, A major bottleneck is difficulty in acquisition of land for sub-stations. The problem is more acute in urban areas on account of paucity of land or earmarking the same in adequate measures at the development stage. Right of way for new transmission lines is also posing a problem. Towns and country planners need to earmark transmission corridors for electricity in development plans.

The states have been asked to carry out advance action for identifying the land in advance, sources said. The states have also been asked to send their intra-state transmission, sub-transmission and distribution expansion programme indicating the timelines for placement of awards (orders) along with financial tie up, land acquisition, right of way through habitation or forests, commencement of works, completion, commissioning for project accountability.

According to the ministry, while in most states, intra-state transmission is at the level of 132 kv and 220 kv, a few states have 400-kv level as well as in one case a high voltage direct current (HVDC) system. The intra-state transmission system in any state has to be responsible for the evacuation of power from generating units both in the state sector and from the independent power producers (IPPs).