Rs 1500cr investment by 2010 required to secure power for Delhi, N

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New Delhi, Apr 3 (UNI) A public investment of about Rs 1500 crore will be required to make Delhi and NCR a power secure region by 2010, an industry body said.

According to the Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (Assocham), the gap between availability of assured power and that of its requirement, will be 1600 MW from current level of nearly 1300 MW by 2010.

Currently, NCR suffers from power shortages which is estimated to be around 700 MW as against the power shortages of Delhi, which conservatively is calculated at about 600 MW.

The industry body estimates reveal that by 2010, when major event like Commonwealth Games are slated to begin, there are no projects in the central sector expected for commissioning and therefore, the pressure to supply power in Delhi and other parts of NCR will heavily fall on states like Punjab, Himachal, Uttaranchal and even Northern Eastern region of the country.

''The future of Delhi and NCR becoming a power surplus region will remain a distant dream as nearly 1000 MW gas based Bawana project, Pragati expansion of over 350 MW in Delhi and Dadri expansion in Uttar Pradesh will not be completed before 2012, and therefore, states like Uttar Pradesh, Haryana and Delhi will have to think in terms of putting up power plants with short gestation period so that the power requirement of Delhi is meted out,'' Secretary General (Assocham) D S Rawat said.

Mr Rawat added that by 2012, as the three projects will be commissioned namely that of Bawana, Pragati and Dadri expansion, the NCR region will have some relief but to meet its immediate requirement, a minimum public investment of Rs 1500 crore would be needed which should go into small power plants which can be commissioned in next two years, having capacities ranging from 50 MW to 150 MW.

The key factors put forward by Assocham which will consume future power demand by 2010 in the NCR comprise, 24 hours essential power for the Metros, creation of new townships, Rs 1800 crore annual loss due to power thefts, 70 lakh population and large number of industrial units, hospitals, schools, BPOs, multiplexes etc.

''The maximum power shortage within NCR will be seen in the Ghaziabad, Greater Noida, Noida and Faridabad in view of the fact that in these regions real estate development is taking place at faster pace with over 250 new satellite townships likely to come up including an international airport at Greater Noida,'' a statement said.

In the NCR, the year-on-year demand is growing between 15-25 per cent as the region is witnessing faster upgradation and modernisation of its existing power stations including other infrastructure facilities.

''Therefore, the government concern will remain under heavy pressure to cull investment from planned allocations as private sector in particular, is unlikely to pour in its capital for building even captive power plants. Thus, it would be the prime responsibility of the state to organize for public money for processing power to the extent of 300 MW,'' the statement added.

Currently, the capital on an average, faces power shortage to the extent of 600 MW as against 700 MW of the entire NCR comprising Ghaziabad, Faridabad, part of Gurgaon etc.

''The Ghaziabad region is the worst in the entire NCR as it faces shortages to the extent of over 300 MW as against 150 MW of Noida and about 100 MW of Faridabad. Gurgaon also faces power shortages but not to the extent as happens for Noida and Ghaziabad,'' Mr Rawat said.

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