Rajiv Gandhi Thermal Power Project to be ready by 2010

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Hisar, Dec 5 (UNI) The First unit of 600 MW of 1200 MW Rajiv Gandhi Thermal Power Project Khedar (Hisar) is expected to be commissioned by December 2009 and the second unit of 600 MW capacity by March 2010.

This was stated by Mr Ashok Lavasa, Financial Commissioner and Principal Secretary (Power), Haryana and Chairman Haryana Power Generation Corporation while presiding over the review meeting of construction activities of the thermal project at Hisar today, after formally starting a major construction activity of erection of first column of boiler of the project.

Mr Lavasa said that the commissioning schedule of the project is shortest in India.

"A project of this magnitude takes at least 39 to 42 months for commissioning. However, for this project, an aggressive commissioning schedule of 35 to 38 months has been envisaged." He said that the state would get 288 lakh units of electricity daily from these two units to be constructed at a cost of Rs 4297 crores. The power generated here will be evacuated at 400 KV level for which a 400 KV substation would be constructed by the Haryana Vidyut Prasaran Nigam (HVPN), he added.

Mr Lavasa said that this is the first project in the northern region to be awarded Mega Project status with attached benefits under the mega project policy of the Central government.

He said that ten villages surrounding the thermal site would be given power on urban mode and members of the families whose land has been acquired for the project would be given employment as per eligibility.

UNI

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