‘Most of the formalities for setting up the 750 MW Pragati-II plant completed'
On the lines of the 750-MW Bawana power project that has already become partly functional, the Delhi Cabinet has now approved setting up of a 750-MW Pragati-II project at Bamnauli by Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited.
Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit said most of the formalities for setting up the gas-based 750 MW Pragati-II power plant at Bamnauli have been completed. “The Cabinet has recommended sufficient gas allocation of 3.5 MMSCMD to the empowered Group of Ministers which will take an appropriate decision.”
Ms. Dikshit said NTPC has been appointed Project Management Consultant on terms and conditions similar to the Bawana power project whereas BHEL will set up the 750 MW – comprising 2x250 MW + 1x250 MW combined gas-based power project at Bamnauli at the final negotiated price of Rs.2.20 crore per MW.
To ensure timely completion of the project, a penalty clause would also be incorporated in the setting up of the plant by BHEL. The Chief Minister said that with the commissioning of the Bamnauli project the power situation in South-West Delhi including Dwarka and IGI Airport will become qualitatively better and more reliable.
She said Pragati Power-II Station at Bawana has already started generating 250 MW power in the first phase. “With this power generation has started within the Capital after a long gap.”
Ms. Dikshit said the Cabinet has also decided “in principle” to close the Raj Ghat power plant and restructuring Indraprastha Gas Corporation Limited. The Raj Ghat plant was set up in 1989 as a coal-based plant and is generating around 130 MW at present. In view of air-pollution concerns, it has become imperative to close it, she said. Therefore, in accordance with an earlier decision of switching over from coal-based to gas-based and renewable power generation, the Cabinet has decided that Raj Ghat power plant will continue to generate power till the generation of Bawana project touches the 750 MW mark.
The Cabinet has also decided to convert IPGCL into a green energy company subsequent to merger of Gas Turbine Power Station with Pragati Power Corporation Limited on closure of Raj Ghat power house. The new entity would be rechristened Delhi Renewable Energy and Power Company.
The Cabinet has also approved land development of 46 acres of the Raj Ghat power plant. The development will include a city forest, parking cluster for buses, conversion of the existing railway line into a cycle track and re-development of existing structures.