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State seeks bigger share from Central power plants

Reiterating Haryana's long-pending demand for additional power, state power minister Capt Ajay Singh Yadav raised the issue at a national conference organised by the Planning Commission in New Delhi on Tuesday.

india Updated: Jul 18, 2012 00:30 IST
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Reiterating Haryana's long-pending demand for additional power, state power minister Capt Ajay Singh Yadav raised the issue at a national conference organised by the Planning Commission in New Delhi on Tuesday.

Yadav urged the Centre to come up with a plan to provide Haryana additional power during peak hours and also allocate a higher share in Central projects, including mega power plants.

The minister also expressed concern over the poor quality and insufficient quantity of coal allocation for power plants of Haryana.

He also suggested setting up of coal washeries at the coal pit locations so that quality raw material is supplied to thermal plants.

Recently, a few thermal plants in the state had to be shut down due to lack of adequate supply.

Earlier, Haryana was witnessing a rise of 7-8% in power demand but now the demand has increased to 14% annually.

In certain pockets like Gurgaon, Faridabad and other industrial belts, demand has gone up by 20-25%.

"To meet the needs of rapid industrial, domestic and agriculture growth on a sustainable basis, the state has given highest priority to the expansion of power infrastructure and sanctioned the highest ever outlay of Rs. 25,524 crore during the 11th Plan," Yadav said.

The power generation capacity of the state was 4068 MW in 2007 but a number of initiatives have been taken to add about 5000 MW in the public and private sector and create matching infrastructure for transmission and distribution.

He said support from the Central government was required on many accounts despite the state's efforts.

The minister also pointed out that deficit in rain this year has affected food production and Haryana being a major producer of foodgrains, was severely affected. He, therefore, demanded higher allocation of power from Central projects, including mega power plants.

Raising the problem of coal shortage, Yadav said the 1200MW thermal plant at Hisar was receiving less than two racks per day against a requirement of five racks.