Haryana to be power surplus state in 2011: Surjewala

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Chandigarh, Nov 6 (UNI) Haryana will be self-sufficient in power in 2010 and a power surplus state in 2011 as at least one power generating project will be commissioned every year for four years consecutively, Power Minister Randeep Singh Surjewala said today.

Mr Surjewala stated this while inaugurating the Boiler Drum Lifting event of 2nd unit of 600 MW capacity of the Rajiv Gandhi Thermal Power Project at Khedar in Hisar district.

The construction work of the 1200 (2X600) MW Rajiv Gandhi Thermal Power Project Khedar in district Hisar was moving fast towards completion on schedule, he said.

The first unit of the Rs 4338 crore project would be commissioned in December, 2009 and second in March, 2010.

Mr Surjewala said the government had given utmost priority to development of power sector, with a view to bridging gap between demand and supply of power.

''We got the much-delayed 2X300 MW Deenbandhu Chhotu Ram Thermal Power Project in Yamunanagar commissioned. Another major power plant of 3X500 MW capacity named as Indira Gandhi Super Thermal Power Project is being set up in district Jhajjar at a cost of Rs 7892.42 crore,'' he said.

It was being executed by Aravali Power Company Pvt Ltd as a joint venture of the National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC), NCT Delhi and the Haryana government. Haryana would get 750 MW of power from this plant.

For next three consecutive years, one power generation plant would be commissioned every year thus adding to the power generation capacity of the state.

He said the government was pursuing the setting up of a Nuclear Power Plant at village Kumharia in district Fatehabad as it has been identified by the Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd.

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