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A ray of hope for power-starved Delhiites

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Delhi Govt. signs MoU with Haryana, NTPC and DVC for producing and procuring 4,330 MW power

POWER DEAL: Union Minister for Power Sushil Kumar Shinde flanked by Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit and Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda at the signing of an MOU between the two States to set up a power Plant in Haryana with the partn ership of NTPC, in New Delhi on Thursday. Photo: V.V. Krishnan

NEW DELHI: To meet the power needs of the Capital that has been reeling under long agonising cuts due to inadequate supply, the Delhi Government on Thursday signed a memorandum of understanding with the Haryana Government, NTPC and Damodar Valley Corporation for producing and procuring 4,330 MW of power. Through these measures, the Centre and the Delhi Government hope to do away with any power shortage by the time the Commonwealth Games-2010 are held in Delhi.

Under the MoU, 2,500 MW of power will be procured from the Damodar Valley Corporation while the generation capacity of the Badarpur Thermal Power Station will be augmented by 980 MW by NTPC and a plant will be set up in Haryana for generating 1,500 MW of power, which will be shared equally by both the States. As such, Delhi will get 750 MW power from this plant, which will be managed by NTPC.

Stating that upgrading of NTPC's Dadri Power Plant by 860 MW would be in addition to these three major agreements, the Delhi Government added that by 2012 the Capital would have power availability in excess of 5,000 MW.

The agreements for the three projects -- which would all come up by 2012 -- were signed by Power Department officials in the presence of Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit, Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, NTPC Chairman T. Sankaralingam and Central Power Secretary R. V. Shahi.

For Delhi, the DVC projects will become the single biggest sources of power once the production starts there. Incidentally, it was Union Power Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde who had following a meeting with Ms Dikshit recently suggested that Delhi sign a power purchase agreement with DVC for supply of 500 MW power from its Mejia and Chandanpur expansion projects as from these two sources the power will become available as early as 2007-08.

Under the plan, DVC would also supply another 1,000 MW from its proposed expansion project at Mejia, where two more units of 500 MW each would be added for Delhi. Then the proposed power station of DVC at Koderma in Jharkhand will be the source for another 1,000 MW.

As per the power purchase agreement signed with DVC, additional power would be supplied to Delhi in phases, with the first 100 MW by December 2006, the next 230 MW by November 2007, another 170 MW by December 2009, 400 MW by August 2010,

200 MW by September 2010, 975 MW by March 2011 and 525 MW by December 2012

The MoU signed with Haryana will explore the possibility of setting up a 1,500 MW power plant near Delhi of which 750 MW would be for Delhi. This Rs 6,000-crore plant would be jointly set up by the two States but constructed and managed by NTPC on a long-term contractual arrangement.

Finally, the power production at the Badarpur Thermal Power Station would also be enhanced by 1,000 MW by NTPC in an effort to make Delhi power-surplus before the Commonwealth Games. NTPC will raise the capacity by 1,000 MW through installation of two 500 MW units and scrapping of three 95 MW units.

While as of now the Capital's peak demand remains around 3,900 MW, by 2010 it is expected to cross the 6,000 MW mark. With the coming in of all these projects, Delhi would be better placed to meet its power needs.

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