Gehlot announces 4780 MW power projects
A step towards becoming self sufficient in power generation, Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot announced to set up six more power plants worth 4780 MW during the upcoming XII five-year plan.
“We have lined up plans well in advance so that we can execute them in time before the next five year plan begins in 2012. The power projects include three super critical plants of 1320 MW each as extensions of existing power projects at Suratgarh, Kalisindh, and Banswara projects. Other three plants would come up at Keshoraipatan (330 MW0, Dholpur (330 MW) and Ramgarh (160 MW),” Mr Gehlot said.
The chief minister also said that the state government would soon come up with a policy on renewable energy to explore the vast potential of green energy in the state.
“Rajasthan and Gujarat are the two states with immense solar power potential. We wish to fast track development in the field of solar energy to tap the maximum potential,” he said.
These newly proposed power plants would attract an investment of over 21000 crore. It will be over and above Rs 24000 crore which the state government has already lined up for the installation of 4440 MW plants within four years.
“We have initiated the tender process for these projects,” he said. These projects-in-the-process include three super critical thermal power plants of 1320 MW each at Suratgarh, Chhabra and Banswara. The Banswara plant has been allocated to the private sector.
Apart from that two more power plants would come up at Giral and Dholpur with capacity of 125 MW and 330 MW, respectively.
Under the 11th five-year plan, around Rs 25000 crore have been invested in the power sector out of which Rs 11443 crore were invested in increasing the power generation capacity.
With the completion of already announced these power projects; the power generation capacity of the state, which is currently at 3713 MW, will reach 8153 MW. Addition of the newly proposed 4780 MW will take the tally to 12,933 MW.