Delhi Transco PPA with Damodar Valley Corp for 2500 MW by 2012
New Delhi, Aug 24 (UNI) In a significant development towards solving Delhi's power woes and meeting its ever increasing power needs, specially keeping in view the 2010 Commonwealth Games, the Delhi Transco Limited today signed agreements for augmentation of nearly 4500 MW to Delhi's current power supply by the year 2012.
The DTL today signed a power purchase agreement with the Damodar Valley Corporation for 2500 MW between December, 2006 and December 2012, an MOU with National Thermal Power Corporation to augment the capacity by 1000 MW in Badarpur through setting up of two power units of 500 MW each and another with the Haryana Government for setting up a 1500 MW Coal-based joint venture power plant near Delhi of which 750 MW would be for the capital.
The agreements, which were signed here today in the presence of Union Power Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde, Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit and Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, thus ensure an availability of 4350 MW of additional power for Delhi by December 2012.
This, coupled with the upgradation of Dadri power plant of NTPC by 960 MW, would add over 5000 MW to the total power supply in Delhi by 2012.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr Shinde said,''in the past weeks I have been recieving several representations from several quarters to take some steps to mitigate power shortage in Delhi. After the power crisis on August 7, I talked to Chief Ministers of Haryana and Delhi. However, I am amazed that they have, within a short time, been able to reach the decision to set up a power plant to solve the power woes of both Delhi and Haryana.'' Noting that a shortage of power in Delhi was a matter of concern, it being the capital of the country, Mr Shinde said,''not only do we have to ensure adequate supply for the 2010 Commonwealth Games but also that everybody should be able to get power during the period.'' Mr Shinde noted that though at present the power requirements of Delhi were increasing by 8-10 per cent every year, in the coming years there was likely to be an over ten per cent annual increase in power requirement with an increasing use of electronic gadgets like air conditioners.
''In the next three years, Delhi's power requirement is likely to go up to 5200 MW while in the next five years, it may rise to 6200 MW. This calls for urgent steps to augment the power supply in the capital,''Mr Shinde said.
Speaking on the occasion, Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit, describing the agreements as a happy development, said the PPA with the DVC, as also MOUs with NTPC and the Haryana Government would go a long way in meeting the power requirements of Delhi, which were increasing every year.
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