Gurgaon- No Power Cuts from 2013?

State to set up gas-based power plant in F’bad

KAITHAL: The Haryana government is planning to set up a 1,500 MW gas- based power plant in Faridabad to serve the energy needs of the NCR region, including Gurgaon.

Chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda said that efforts are on to make the state self-reliant in power by 2012.

Addressing a gathering after unfurling the tricolour at Kaithal, the CM mentioned of this plan. He added, "The government had set a target to generate 5,000 MW of power; work on four thermal projects has already started. Now, the power generation capacity of the state has increased to 3,480 MW as against 1,587 MW in 2004-05."

Haryana governor, Jagannath Pahadia, who was addressing a Republic Day gathering at Panchkula, said, "The state is on a fast track of development. Recently, the players of Haryana brought glory to the nation in the CWG and Asian Games."

Read more: State to set up gas-based power plant in F’bad – The Times of India


24×7 power supply by 2013?

Fretting over power cuts? Youve got to wait at least for two more years for a solution. Haryana power minister Mahendra Pratap on Sunday said that the state will have enough power in place to meet the demand by 2013.However, according to an internal assessment by Haryana Vidyut Prasaran Nigam (HVPN) and Dakshin Haryana Bijili Vitaran Nigam
(DHBVN), power supply in Gurgaon and Manesar will exceed demand by 2012.
The power department claims the exisiting shortfall of nearly 30 lakh units (50mw) during peak summer will be met by next April, implying that summers will be bearable.

What the department probably forgot to factor in was the amount of electricity Gurgaons private colonies and industrial units generate on their own. HVPN officials have no estimate. During the summer, generators are the main source of power. The cost per unit works out to around Rs 10-12, said Sudhir Kapoor of DLF-II. M M Bhalla, president of Hamilton Court, said, Even now, when power demand is less, we run our captive power-generation unit for 4-6 hours every day. In summers, we run generators for 10-12 hours.
Diesel and gas-based generators produce almost 15-20% of what the government supplies to the city. DLF produces almost 40mw of power from captive power-generation units. Other developers like Unitech also have small captive units. DLF has submitted a plan to generate nearly 100mw of power for its upcoming projects. In Gurgaon, the biggest problem is poor electricity supply, which is why all new multistorey complexes have 100% power backup, said Ved Pal, a property consultant. According to the data prepared by discoms, the daily average supply in Gurgaon during June 2004 was 53 lakh units, in 2010 the DHBVN supplied 145 lakh units, which is a two-and-a-half fold increase.
Power demand in Gurgaon has increased by nearly 15% annually, whereas the overall increase in demand in the state has only been 7-8%. Even in Panipat, which is an industrial township, there has only been an 8% increase, said a senior DHBVN official. Haryana power secretary Madhusudan Prasad is optimistic about the power forecast. Gurgaon is a priority area. We have started commissioning the commercial operations of power plants, Prasad added. He said that the first unit (500 mw) of Jhajjar power plant would be operational by mid-December. The improved availability of power in the state pool will mean Gurgaon will get its due share, Prasad claimed.
DHBVN officials added that power situation would improve by December. And that next summer would be better than the last one. Residents are not impressed. What if the governments attention, is diverted to another region? This has happened earlier, said Bhawani Shankar Tripathi, spokesperson of Mission Gurgaon Development, a residents movement.
Sources in DHBVN and HVPN admitted that despite the increased availability of power, Gurgaon will not get complete respite from outages.
Primarily because the authorities do not have the proper infrastructure in place. We are struggling to get land in some areas to set up towers for
high-tension wires. There have been court cases. On the distribution front, we have to install high-capacity substations. Private developers are
yet to construct substations, to enable the proper supply of electricity to residents, said a senior power department official.
But he added that the distribution system will be in place soon. The Rs 120-crore project is being funded by the World Bank and will be ready
by April 2011. Because of this, there will be a partial improvement in Gurgaons power situation from December onwards, said an official.



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