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Centre agrees to release additional 50MW power to Haryana from CUP

Centre agrees to release additional 50MW power to Haryana from CUP
The Centre has agreed to release additional 50 megawatts of power for Haryana from the Central Unallocated Pool (CUP) to meet the increasing demand of power for the ensuing Kharif crops in the State.

Union Power Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde assured full cooperation to Haryana to meet its increasing demand of power for the ensuing kharif season when Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda met him here today.

At the meeting, Mr Hooda said that some states, which had been receiving power from Central projects as well as Central Unallocated Pool (CUP) have been selling surplus power through traders at exorbitant rates.

He pointed out that in these circumstances, Haryana had to buy power at exorbitant rates from other States to meet the demand of its consumers.

The Chief Minister urged the Union Power Minister to impose a ban on trading of power received from the CUP and suggested that there should be a ceiling on the margins for selling power received at lower rates from the central projects.

Mr Hooda pointed out that power from the Tala Power Project in Bhutan to be commissioned soon, was being given to Eastern States which were also selling its surplus power.

He urged Mr Shinde that 400 MW of Power from Tala Power Project should be earmarked for Haryana to meet the rapidly increasing demand of power from agriculture as well as industrial sector.

While pointing out that power has been earmarked for Punjab and Delhi from the proposed 4000 MW project at Lara in Chattisgarh, he said that Haryana also expected similar dispensation from this project.

Mr Hooda told the Power Minister that Haryana had also requested for allocation from 1000 MW Kahelgaon project in Bihar to be commissioned in 2008.

The Chief Minister suggested that the subsidy for new projects, which was available during the 10th plan should be continued in the 11th Five Year Plan and also impressed upon the Power Minister that concerted efforts were required to provide gas for the State’s proposed gas based projects so that power shortage did not affect economic growth of Haryana.

Mr Hooda also impressed upon the Minister to expedite the setting up of a 4×700 MW nuclear power plant in Haryana as it has been under consideration for quite some time and site has also been identified and said that the state government had already confirmed the availability of water for the project.

The Chief Minister told Mr Shinde that the Haryana government had formulated an ambitious plan to add 5000 MW of generation capacity in next five years to meet the growing demand of power.

He said that a 600 MW plant was being set up at Yamunanagar.

Foundation stone of a 1050 MW plant had been laid in Faridabad and Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) had been signed with private parties for setting up of a 1080 MW projects each at Hisar and Jhajjar and 600 MW and 400 MW projects at Panipat.

While reminding Mr Shinde that Haryana had electrified all villages in 1970s, he said that now this old rural power distribution infrastructure needed replacement and augmentation to take care of the huge increase in load in these 30 years.

The Chief Minister said that the State would require, on an average, Rs five lakh per village for this purpose under Rajiv Gandhi Gramin Vidutikarna Yojana.The state was expecting 700 crore under the scheme and so far only Rs 88 crore had been sanctioned in the first phase of the scheme which involved an investment of Rs 250 crore.

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