The Delhi Cabinet on Monday gave its approval for setting up of a 1000 MW power plant at Bawana in north-west Delhi. With the latest plant in its kitty, the government hopes that it would become self-sufficient in power in the next five years.
The Bawana power plant would have three separate units, each producing 330 MW of power. The Power department has estimated that with the modern plants, 1000 MW of power can easily be generated from the plant.
The Bawana plant was conceptualised a few years ago but ran into trouble following the non-availability of gas. The Ministry of Petroleum finally suggested a company called “Petronet” to supply gas to Delhi.
Speaking to Reporters after the Cabinet meeting, chief minister Sheila Dikshit said: “The assured supply of 10 Million Metric Standard Cubic Meters per Day (MMSCMD) gas would be sufficient to generate around 2000 MW Gas Based power from Pragati-II, Bawana and IPGCL power stations,” she said.
Power Minister Haroon Yusuf said that the entire project, to be run by the NTPC, would be ready before the Commonwealth Games. “The first plant to produce 330 MW of power would be commissioned in 26 months,” the minister said. He said: “We would be able to island ourselves from the grid and become self sufficient.”
The cost of the entire project would be Rs 1389 crores. The Cabinet approved Rs 417 crore (30 percent of the project cost) as equity of the Delhi government for meeting the expenditure of the power project. The Government is likely to extend a loan to Pragati Power Corporation Limited to meet the loan component of the Project.
Dikshit added that a 330 MW Gas Based Combined Cycle has already been commissioned and another 350 MW Gas Based Combined Cycle Power Project would be commissioned on the west bank of the Yamuna. This 350 MW project would be located between Bhairon Road Crossing and Nizammudin Bridge. The power would be exclusive to the Games village and the rest would be utilised in the city.
According to the estimates of the Power Department, the deficit in peak load will be around 1065 MW in 2008-09 and 575 MW in 2009-10. With the commissioning of all proposed projects, there would be a sea-change in the power scenario resulting in surplus of 969 MW in 2010-11 and 897 MW in 2011-12.
In another related decision, the Cabinet decided to set up a separate mechanism involving prominent NGOs to look into complaints related to power. “This would ensure independent assessment of complaints resulting in enhanced customer satisfaction and reliable power supply,” Dikshit added.
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