Haryana govt chalks out investment plan for power sector

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Chandigarh, Apr 20 (UNI) The Haryana government has drawn a capital investment plan to strengthen power generation, transmission and distribution system in the state, under which Rs 5,615.18 crore will be spent during the current fiscal.

This included Rs 4,673.05 crore plan and Rs 942.13 crore non plan expenditure.

Giving details, Mr Ashok Lavasa, Financial Commissioner and Principal Secretary (Power), said here today that Haryana Power Utilities had spent Rs 3,409.50 crore during 2007-08 and Rs 2,534.30 crore during 2006-07.

He said the plan of more than double amount compared to the investment made during 2006-07 had been sanctioned for the current year, which indicates the fact that the government has given top priority to the power sector.

He said the HPGCL, HVPNL, UHBVNL and DHBVNL would spend Rs 2,951.13 core, Rs 997 crore, Rs 722.74 crore and Rs 944.30 crore respectively.

In order to boost generation activities, Rs 1,895.80 crore have been earmarked for 1,200 MW coal-based plant at Hisar, Rs 454.90 crore for extension of thermal plant at Yamuna Nagar, Rs 234.58 crore for recently commissioned thermal plant at Yamuna Nagar and Rs 100 crore for Haryana's share in upcoming 1,500 MW Super Thermal Power Project at Jhajjar.

More than Rs 102 crore would be spent on renovation and modernisation of power generating units at thermal plants in Panipat and Faridabad.

Mr Lavasa said multifarious activities would be carried out simultaneously to strengthen the transmission and distribution network so that the electricity generated at the upcoming stations can be supplied to the consumers without interruptions and with better voltage.

It has been planned to construct three 220 KV, eighteen 132 KV, sixteen 66 KV and ninety five 33 KV sub-stations.

Existing capacity of more than 100 sub-stations will be augmented in view of growing load due to rapid industrialisation, urbanisation and agricultural activities.

With a view to minimise distribution system interruptions, the Distribution Companies (DISCOMS) will bifurcate/trifurcate 225 overloaded and lengthy 11 KV feeders supplying power to urban as well as rural areas, Mr Lavasa said.

He said the load of about 650 feeders supplying electricity to domestic and tubewell area is being segregated in order to ensure extra fault free power supply to the domestic category consumers.

Instructions have been given to DISCOMS to complete the segregation work by June-end so that there is no inconvenience to farmers during the paddy season, he added.

Referring to release of new domestic connections to the people living below poverty line (BPL) under the Rajiv Gandhi Grameen Vidyutikaran Yojna, Mr Lavasa said more than one lakh connections will be released and two CFLs will be provided free of cost to the applicants.

He added that a sum of Rs 150 crore would be spent on Demand Side Management and Rs 293 crore on implementation of High Voltage Distribution System in the state.


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