Delhi will be self-sufficient in power before CW Games: Sheila

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New Delhi, Mar 11 (UNI) Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit today said the Government would set up more gas based power plants in the state to overcome the current power shortage.

Speaking at a function in connection with the laying of the foundation stone of a 108-MW Gas Based Power Plant at Rithala in North-West Delhi, Ms Dikshit said the increasing population of Delhi was also resulting in the increase in power demands.

In the peak time, the demand for power in Delhi goes upto 4200 MW out of which the state has to depend on other states for 3050 MW.

''Sometimes Discoms have to purchase costly power from other states to meet the requirements,''Ms Dikshit said, adding for reducing the dependency on other states, the Delhi Government would set up more power plants in the Capital-city.

In this context, she said the foundation stone of a 1500-MW capacity power plant at Bawana would be laid by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on March 24.

Besides, the Delhi Government would also set up 750 MW power plant at Bamnauli and get 750 MW power from the Jhajjar Power Plant.

This would provide sufficient power to Delhi before the commencement of the Commonwealth Games.

Ms Dikshit said Delhi would have around 8000 MW power supply at its disposal by the year 2010 when the state is scheduled to host the Commonwealth Games. This would also make Delhi a powerful state.

Also present on the occasion were Delhi Power Minister A K Walia, Development Minister Raj Kumar Chauhan, Outer Delhi MP Sajjan Kumar, MLA Jai Bhagwan Aggarwal, Chief Secretary Rakesh Mehta, Secretary (Power) and CMD Delhi Transco Ltd Rajendra Kumar among other dignitaries.

Speaking at the function, Mr Walia said the proposed Gas Based captive generating facility would be set up at an approximate cost of Rs 250 crore and was aimed at augmenting power supply to NDPL's consumers by meeting the high demand during the peak summer and winter months.

The plant would be functional in July next year. Dr Walia said the commissioning of this captive facility would go a long way in ensuring reliable power supply and mitigate the impact of grid disturbances and dependence on outside resources.

He also informed that the proposed generating facility had earlier been approved by the Delhi Power Department and the DDA has given the requisite land use clearance for the identified 10-acre sites at Rithala in North-West Delhi.

The DJB has given its consent for supplying water to the facility. The raw water (170 Cubic Meter/Hour) would be sourced from Rithala sewage treatment plant. The gas requirement of about 0.648 Million SCW/day would be met from the KG basin being developed by RIL to be supplied through the Gas Authority of India Limited (GAIL) pipelines.

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