750 MW Pragati-II Project at Bamnauli soon
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Okhla Times News Service
The Delhi Cabinet has given its nod for setting up of 750 MW Pragati-II Project and promotion of Bio-Gas Production from Bio-degradable Waste. It has also accorded in principle approval for closure of Raj Ghat Power Plant. Further the Cabinet has recommended to Lieutenant Governor to summon the Budget Session of Delhi Legislative Assembly from 15th March, 2011. The decisions were taken today in a Cabinet Meeting presided over by the Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit.
While briefing media after the Cabinet Meeting, Dikshit stated that the most of the formalities for setting up of a Gas Based 750 MW Pragati-II Power Plant at Bamnauli have since been completed. The Cabinet has recommended for sufficient gas allocation of 3.5 MMSCMD to the EGOM which will take an appropriate decision. Dikshit stated that the NTPC has been appointed as Project Management Consultant on terms & conditions similar to Bawana Power Project whereas BHEL will set up 1x750 MW i.e. 2x250 MW + 1x250 MW Combined Gas Based Power Project at Bamnauli at the final negotiated price of Rs.2.20 crore per MW. A penalty clause is also being incorporated to overcome delay in setting up the plant by BHEL. Smt. Dikshit further stated that with commissioning of Bamnauli Project the power situation in South-West District including Dwarka and IGI Airport will become more qualitative and reliable. This will also add to power generation within the Capital city.
It may be noted that Pragati Power-II Station at Bawana has been started generating 250 MW power in the first phase. With this power generation within the Capital city has started after a long gap. Further the commissioning of Bamnauli Project will also make Delhi competent to meet fast-growing power needs. The CM added that the Cabinet has taken a decision in principle for closure of Raj Ghat Power Plant and restructuring of IPGCL. The Raj Ghat Plant was set up in 1989 as a Coal Based Plant. It is currently generating around 130 MW. The Plant is now more than 20 years old and the cost of the repair and maintenance is going up.
There is also a need to clean up Delhi's air, hence, it is imperative to close Raj Ghat Power Plant. It is in accordance of an earlier decision of switching over from Coal Based Power Generation to Gas Based and Renewable Power Generation. The Cabinet has decided that Raj Ghat Power Plant will continue to generate power till generation of Bawana Project touches 750 MW mark. Further the Cabinet has also decided in principle to convert Indrprastha Gas Corporation Limited into Green Energy Company subsequent to merger of GTPS with PPCL on closure of Raj Ghat Power House and rename it as Delhi Renewable Energy and Power Company. The Cabinet has also given its principle approval for land development of 46 acres of Raj Ghat Power Plant by appropriate government agency. 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.
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