The government has drawn up an ambitious plan to generate 5,100 MW power of extra power to meet the expected demand during the Commonwealth Games, slated to be held in New Delhi in 2010.
Of this, 980 MW would be produced at the existing Badarpur Thermal Power Station in Delhi’s outskirts, while 4,130 MW would be produced at several points outside the Capital.
To materialise this initiative, the Railways have been asked to double line the Mathura-Jharli section. The Railways had suggested that the proposed Jhajjar power project (Haryana) be shifted, but it was felt this was not feasible in view of the need to prepare for the Commonwealth Games.
The Jhajjar project is expected to generate 3X500 MW power with the first unit scheduled to be operational in April 2010, and the other two in July and October 2010 respectively. The government hopes to issue letters of approval for this fast-track project by April this year.
Other projects planned are Meja expansion (1000 MW), Koderma (1000 MW), Bokaro expansion project (500 MW), Dadri-II expansion (2X490 MW) and Badarpur expansion (2X 500 MW).
“In view of this, it is felt critical to make the section double lined matching with the schedule of project development so as to feed the power station with requisite amount of coal,” the power ministry is learnt to have told the Railways. As per the plans drawn out, coal for Badarpur and Dadri projects will be available from Central Coalfields Ltd, while for the Jhajjar project Mahandi Coalfields Ltd is expected to meet the demand.
Estimates show that coal movement of almost 20 rakes per day would be required for Jhajjar and Hissar projects of Haryana. The distance from Mathura to Jharli, the station closest Jhajjar, is 240 kms.
The projects to be developed by NTPC Ltd are expansion of existing power stations at Dadri and Badarpur and a new power station at Jhajjar. The Jhajjar power project will be developed as a joint venture power project between NTPC and governments of Delhi and Haryana. The project is expected to supply power to Delhi and Haryana.
Apart from this, the government is working on augmenting the transmission, sub-transmission and distribution networks so that power of the order of 10,000 MW can be absorbed and dispersed to the consumers. Based on the discussions with the power ministry, Delhi Transmission Company has planned to augment the 400 kV transmission capacity of Delhi from the present 3780 MVA to 9135 MVA. Also, the 220 KV transmission capacity would be augmented from the present 6300 MVA to 15,380 MVA.
The distribution companies (discoms), meanwhile, have projected a requirement of 346 grid stations (66/33 kV) against the present 167 to reach this extra power to the consumer. The discoms have been asked to prepare detailed sub-transmission and distribution plans, along with cost estimates.