‘NCR needs Rs 1,500 cr to tackle power shortage’
The Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM) has said the National Capital Region (NCR), including Delhi, will need a public investment of Rs 1,500 crore if it wanted to be power surplus by 2010.
ASSOCHAM has estimated that by 2010, the gap between availability of assured power and the region’s requirement will touch 1,600 MW from the existing 1,300 MW. And the different projects that have been proposed for Delhi and NCR are not likely to be ready before 2012.
At present, the power shortage in NCR is estimated at around 700 MW while in Delhi, the average shortfall varies between 500 MW to 600 MW.
Releasing the estimates, secretary general of ASSOCHAM D.S. Rawat said that Delhi and NCR would be in a position to become power surplus not before 2012 as the proposed power plants including Bawana, Bamnauliin Delhi and Dadri in Uttar Pradesh would not be completed before that.
“States like Uttar Pradesh, Haryana and Delhi would have to think in terms of putting up power plants with short gestation period so that the power requirement of Delhi is met,” said Rawat.
The ASSOCHAM estimates reveal that by 2010, when major events like Commonwealth Games are slated to begin, there will no projects in the central sector ready for commissioning.
“Because of this, the pressure to supply power in Delhi and other parts of NCR would heavily fall on states like Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Uttaranchal and even the north-eastern region of the country,” added Rawat.
According to ASSOCHAM the upcoming townships, mushrooming call centres, malls and multiplexes will consume the maximum power. Within NCR, power consumption will mainly shoot up in areas like Ghaziabad, Greater Noida, Noida and Faridabad. In these regions, real estate development is taking place at faster pace with over 250 new satellite townships likely to come up.