In a bid to fast track building of high capacity inter-state transmission lines, the Ministry of Power has approved 9 new projects with an aggregate cost of over Rs.12,500 crore.
These transmission projects will benefit several states such as Haryana, Chhattisgarh, UP, MP, Maharashtra etc, by enabling high capacity 765kv lines carrying up to 2100MW each apart from construction of new 765/400kv substations. The projects will help evacuate power from central generating stations such as 660MW Sipat of NTPC, 1600MW Gadarwara, private sector generating stations such as Sassan UMPP (1320 MW). Congestion will also be reduced in Haryana Region by the strengthening of the Northern Transmission system. Projects which will be developed through tariff based competitive bidding process inviting participation from all Bidders including private sector.
These projects were mainly stuck in the approval process in the government since last several months. The approval to go ahead with implementation was granted immediately.
In the country as a whole, the total inter-regional transmission capacity of about 28,000 MW will be added in the next 3 years so that the total capacity is enhanced to more than 66000 MW by 2017.