Special Correspondent

Rs.24,000 crore to be spent on generation, transmission and distribution during the 11th Plan

CHANDIGARH: The Haryana Government will spend Rs.24,000 crore on generation, transmission and distribution of power in the State during the Eleventh Plan period. Fifty per cent of this amount would be spent on generation of power and the rest on transmission and distribution system, Financial Commissioner and Principal Secretary (Power) Ashok Lavasa said in Manesar on Friday.

Speaking at a workshop on “Best practice for maintenance and safety of Lifts and Escalators” organised by the State Power Department, Mr. Lavasa said the State would generate 4,500 MW power during this period by starting generation at the 600 MW Yamunanagar thermal plant, the 1,200 MW power plant at Khedar in Hisar, the 1,500 MW power plant at Jhajjar, and another power plant of 1,200 MW in the private sector at Jhajjar.

He said the first unit of the Yamunanagar thermal plant would be commissioned in November this year and the second unit would be commissioned in February next year. And the power plant of 1,200 MW, whose foundation was recently laid by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, would be completed in a record period of 35 months and it would start generation in December 2009.

Mr. Lavasa said the 1,500 MW power plant to be constructed jointly by Haryana, Delhi and NTPC at Jhajjar would be completed before the commencement of the Commonwealth Games in Delhi in 2010. And the bidding process for the private sector power plant at Jhajjar was in progress. He admitted that Haryana was deficit in power as the investment in this sector had not been adequate and there had been a steep rise in the demand, which was 14 to 15 p.c. in the State and 20 p.c. in Gurgaon.