Rajasthan to achieve 2,069 MW power generation capacity

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Jaipur, Nov 11 (UNI) With targeted commissioning of nine more power projects in 2008, the Rajasthan Government is expecting to achieve further increase in power generation capacity by 2,069 MW.

Among the new projects, Giral Lignite Thermal Unit II (125 MW), Chhabra Thermal Units I and II (500 MW), Suratgarh Super Thermal Unit VI (250 MW), Kota Super Thermal Unit VII (195 MW), Barsingsar Naveli Lignite Unit I (125 MW) and Jalappa Kapurdi Unit I (135 MW) are expected to be commissioned by end of 2008, an official spokesman said here.

Besides this, wind energy projects of 500 MW generation capacity, biomass-based projects of 89 MW capacity and lignite-based captive power plants of 150 MW capacity were also likely to be completed in the current fiscal, the spokesman added.

The generation capacity which was 4,984.22 MW in December 2003, at the time swearing in of the present Vasundhare Raje Government in Rajasthan has already risen to 6,223.41 MW under the present regime, he said, along with a huge investment of Rs 32,094 crore was being made in the power generation sector in the state.

The present government had accorded higher priority for enhancing the power supply to all categories of consumers and presently, the consumers were getting adequate and smooth power supply without any power cuts for past over one year.

In a bid to bridge the gap between the demand of availability of power, the government had incurred Rs 1,431 crore for purchase of power from external sources during past four years since 2003, as against the corresponding expenditure of Rs 413 crore during the previous government's tenure.

UNI

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