Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Haryana advances power project commissioning for CWG

The Haryana government Saturday announced that the commissioning of the first phase of the state’s biggest power plant is being advanced to ensure power supply to the national capital much before the 2010 Commonwealth Games.

The first 500 MW unit of the prestigious 1,500-MW Indira Gandhi Super Thermal Power Project, being set up in Jhajjar district of Haryana, 200 km from Delhi, will now be commissioned in April 2010.

It will cater to the power requirements of the Commonwealth Games - the biggest sporting event in the country - to be held in October next year.

The schedule of implementation of the project was reviewed at a top level meeting by the union Power Secretary Harishankar Brahma and senior central and state officials of the power sector here.

Haryana Power Generation Corp managing director Sanjeev Kaushal said the construction work at the mega-status project was progressing as per schedule.

“Keeping in view the pace and progress of the construction activities, the commissioning target of the first 500 MW unit has been re-fixed for April 2010, well in time to cater to the power requirements of the Commonwealth Games to be held in Delhi,” Kaushal said.

Delhi will get 250 MW of power from the commissioned first unit of 500 MW.

Kaushal said the other two units of 500 MW each would be commissioned in October 2010 and January 2011.

The total estimated project cost is Rs.7,892 crore. An expenditure of Rs.2,543 crore has already been incurred on the project.