To strengthen power transmission network across the country, Piyush Goyal, minister of state for power, coal and renewable energy, on Thursday approved nine new transmission projects worth over Rs. 12,500 crore.
These are high-capacity inter-state transmission lines that will benefit several states such as Haryana, Chhattisgarh, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra by enabling high capacity 765 kilovolt (kv) lines carrying up to 2,100 megawatt (MW) each apart from construction of new 765 kv and 400kv substations.
“The projects will help evacuate power from central generating stations such as 660 MW Sipat and 1600 MW Gadarwara power project of NTPC besides private sector generating stations such as the 1,320 MW Sasan ultra mega power project,” said a statement of the power ministry.
The new transmission projects will help in reducing congestion in Haryana region by strengthening the northern transmission system, power ministry officials said.
“These projects were mainly stuck in the approval process in the government since last several months, The approval to go ahead with implementation was granted immediately by the minister,” officials said, adding, these projects will be developed through tariff-based competitive bidding process, which will invite participation from all bidders including the private sector.
Transmission lines have been identified as the weakest link in India’s power sector with problems faced in electricity transmission from regions with excess power generation to those facing power shortages.