Delhi Government : Initiatives in Power

Preparing for Commonwealth Games 2010, Delhi

Power Reforms

To lend a new direction and to accelerate the process of power reforms in order to make Delhi a power surplus state, Govt. is taking all initiatives to improve the power supply in Delhi. Reforms are being all inclusive and contain new projects in the fields of generation, transmission and distribution to ensure 24 hours uninterrupted power supply to the citizens of Delhi. 
New Power Projects have been planned to meet the power demand of Delhi, especially during Commonwealth Games. (the demand and supply position is reflected in Table 1)

Indira Gandhi Super Thermal Power Project at Jhajjar, Haryana: A Joint Venture Company, Aravali Power Company Pvt. Limited has been formed with equity contribution in the ratio of 50:25:25 by NTPC Limited, GNCTD and Govt. of Haryana , for development of 1500 MW coal based power plant in Distt. Jhajjar, Haryana with cost of approximately Rs.8000 crores. The power is to be shared equally by Delhi and Haryana. Hon’ble Prime Minister laid the foundation stone of the plant on 07.10.2007, construction activities are in progress and it is scheduled for commissioning before commonwealth Games, 2010. 

1500 MW Pragati – III Combined Cycle Gas Turbine Project at Bawana: This Power project is being set up by Pragati Power Corporation Limited at Bawana in North-West Delhi. Hon’ble Prime Minister laid the foundation stone of the plant on 24.03.2008. Turnkey order has been placed on BHEL for setting up and for commissioning of the project before the Commonwealth Games, 2010. NTPC has been engaged as Consultant. Total estimated expenditure is Rs. 5200 crores. 

750 MW (Nominal Capacity) Pragati-III CCGT Project at Bamnauli: To further augment the Core Generation Capacity and reduce the dependence on others, a 750 MW Combined Cycle Gas based Power Station has been proposed at Bamnauli in South-West Delhi by Pragati Power Corporation Limited. Land has been acquired and handed over to PPCL for setting up the Power Station. 
The above three Power Plants are being set up in Delhi and its surrounding area, making the power locally available. Apart from that, Govt. of Delhi has also signed new PPAs to augment power supply by 2010.

Improvement of Distribution and Transmission
To utilize the available power it is also imperative to augment the transmission and distribution networks so as to minimize the breakdowns and transmission losses. Government of Delhi as a measure of its reform process is also working on several projects for improvement in distribution and transmission network by way of creation of new sub-stations, over-hauling and upgrading of old sub-stations, installation of increased capacity transformers, installation of new grids, augmentation of existing capacities of transformers etc. These measures will improve the overall power scenario and citizens of Delhi can be assured of uninterrupted 24x7 power supply.

The problem of Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) management is very actute in Delhi where land available for landfill sites is decreasing day by day and the existing landfill sites are already filled up to the brim. Presently, Delhi generates approx. 7000 MT of MSW every day, which is likely to increase to 18,000 MT per day 2021.
IL&FS, the consultant, with its technical partners and Govt. of NCT of Delhi (through Delhi Power Company Limited), IL &FS IDC studied in details, the present scenario of waste management in Delhi and after discussion with stakeholders firmed up parameters for the project, to be jointly taken up at Timarpur & Okhla, which are having a totally enclosed facility to process 2,050 MT of MSW per day. 

Table 1
Expected Power Demand & Supply; Now & 2010

Uninterrupted Power Supply for all Venues and Games Village planned by assigning 2-3 sources for each unit.

Current Demand: 2900 MW
Projected Demand during CWG (Oct 2010): 4500 MW
Availability from existing sources
(i) Delhi Generation: 1280 MW
(ii)Central Sector Generating Stations: 2017 MW

Total: 3297 MW
Availability from Upcoming Projects: 4350 MW
Expected Surplus Power by 2010: 3147 MW

March 2009

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