Staff Reporter

Expected to significantly reduce the gap between the demand and supply

Plant’s raw water needs will be met through the sewage-treated water from the DJB plants

No suspended particulate matter emission from the plant; will help to contain pollution

NEW DELHI: The upcoming new 1,500 MW Pragati Phase III gas-based power plant at Bawana, the foundation stone for which was laid by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Monday, is expected to significantly reduce the gap between the Capital’s electricity demand and supply.

Scheduled to be commissioned before October 2010, the plant apart from serving Delhi’s energy needs is touted as a “clean” fuel producing unit. The plant’s raw water needs will be met through the sewage-treated water from the Delhi Jal Board plants and it will not draw water from any river, reservoir or groundwater sources.

Taking note of the fact that the project is environment-friendly, the Prime Minister said: “I am happy that a power project associated with the 2010 Commonwealth Games is based on liquefied natural gas. This is an environment-friendly project. It will help us in controlling the problem of pollution in Delhi.”

Pragati Phase III that is being set up at a cost of Rs.5,000 crore will comprise two gas turbines and one steam turbine unit and there will be no suspended particulate matter emission from the plant.

The Prime Minister praised Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit for changing the face of Delhi and said: “Work has been done on an unprecedented scale in building new flyovers and roads and in improving the facilities available to the citizens of Delhi.”

Dr. Singh said that the Delhi Metro had made travel within the city extremely convenient and comfortable and that was why the Government was expanding it to new areas so that its benefits could be enjoyed by a larger section of people.

“I have no hesitation in saying that today Delhi is one of the cleanest, greenest and most beautiful cities in the country. I congratulate Ms. Dikshit and her Government for this excellent work,” the Prime Minister said.Ms. Dikshit said Delhi would become a power-surplus State within a couple of years as it would get 1,500 MW power supply from its own generation capacity. She expressed hope the city would be able to meet its fast increasing needs.

Union Power Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde said his Ministry would ensure that Delhi faces no power shortage during the ensuing summer and provide sufficient power supply during the Commonwealth Games. He said the plant at Bawana was being set up following the direction of the Prime Minister for providing electricity to all by 2012.