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HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times
Chandigarh, February 06, 2013
The UT administration has urged the ministry of power for empowering its administrator for purchasing power upto Rs. 100 crore.
Under the present scenario, the administration is allowed to purchase power up to Rs. 8 crore, beyond the set limit the administration has to take permission from the ministry of power.

At present, the administration has floated tenders for purchasing power of Rs. 50 crore.

The representation was submitted to the ministry by the team led by UT advisor KK Sharma, home secretary Anil Kumar and finance secretary VK Singh for a meeting held in New Delhi.

Finance secretary VK Singh said that if the limit were enhanced, it would make things easier. “ Under the present scenario we have to take permission for purchase of power over Rs. 8 crore. The process of taking approval takes time as a result power purchase is delayed,” Singh said.

In the last finance year, UT purchased power worth Rs. 72 crore. The power requirement of the city is met through central generating power stations of NTPC, NHPC and Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited (NPCIL) as determined by the government.

Last summer, the city suffered frequent breakdowns and residents faced a tough time.

Presently the peak load of Chandigarh is around 363 MW. This is fed from Kishangarh-based 3x100 MVA power transformers, SAS Nagar's 2x80 MVA and 66-KV line from Dhulkote.

Recently, the administration got approval from the standing committee on power system planning (CPSP) of northern region setting up of a new 220-KV power sub-station for ensuring uninterrupted and better quality power supply as well as to meet its future requirements.

At present, Chandigarh has only one 220-KV sub-station at Kishangarh. The department is also planning for a 220-KV line from Sector 47 to Panchkula 400/220-KV sub-station of Powergrid for strengthening transmission.