Haryana plans to increase power generation

CHANDIGARH OCT. 5. The Haryana Power Generation Corporation has decided to make huge investments for generation to supply adequate power to the State people, including works amounting to Rs.2,025 crores, at present being implemented, and works worth Rs.1,900 crores to be taken up shortly. This was disclosed by the Chief Minister, Om Prakash Chautala, while reviewing the working of the Corporation here last evening.

Mr. Chautala said that the on-going works included seventh and eighth units of the Panipat Thermal Plant of 250 MW capacity each, the Western Yamuna Canal Hydel Project Stage-II, comprising two units of 7.2 MW, refurbishment of the second unit of the Panipat Thermal Plant and renovation and modernisation of the Faridabad and Panipat plants.

The Chief Minister said that power generation works to be taken up during the current financial year included two units of 250 MW each of the Yamunanagar Thermal Power Project.

The Chairperson of the Haryana Power Utilities, Meenaxi Anand Chaudhary, said that the plant load factor of the plants in the State had gone up to 70.84 per cent in comparison to 63.24 per cent during the corresponding period last year. She said coal consumption had gone down to 779gm/kwh till September last against 789gm/kwh during the last year. The oil consumption had also gone down to 3.13 ml/kwh from 18 per cent in 1996-97 and 3.29 per cent during last year.

The Power Utilities saved Rs.107.61 crores due to reduction in coal consumption and Rs.114.84 crores due to saving in oil consumption. She said the Uttar and Dakshin Bijli Vitran Nigams were spending Rs.470 crores on improvement of transmission and Rs. 224 crores on the distribution system in the State. The auxiliary consumption of thermal power stations up to September had been 10.75 per cent compared to 11.59 per cent during the corresponding period last year.

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