• Govt plans Rs 1,000 cr Sterlite project to rid Gurgaon of blackouts

    Gurgaon’s chronic power woes could be a thing of the past in a little more than a year from now. A Rs 1,000 crore-plus transmission project is under way to raise electricity supply to the millennium city and its surrounding areas, home to scores of multinationals, call centres and manufacturing units, by 2,000-3,000 MW.

    The project, awarded to Sterlite Power promoted by NRI metals-and-mining tycoon Anil Agarwal, is part of the Jagdish Khattar government’s efforts to turn Haryana into a zero-blackout state.

    The Sterlite project would prop up another plan being pursued by the central and state governments to make Gurgaon the first city in the country with a full-scale smart grid that would allow consumers to reduce power bills by turning into ‘prosumers’- becoming suppliers during the day by feeding surplus power from rooftop solar systems into the mains and drawing back in the night.

    The Sterlite project envisages laying four lines totalling 170 km and three high-power sub-stations to raise wheeling capacity to rid the area of generators and power cuts. The sub-stations would strengthen the network in Gurgaon and connect other sub-stations located at Palwal, Rangla, Rajpur and adjoining areas of Meerpur Kurah in Haryana – all part of the inter-state transmission system.

    “This project is quite challenging as it passes through established human settlements. We are confident of delivering it ahead of schedule, as we have been doing on our other projects,” Sterlite Power CEO Pratik Agarwal told TOI.

    Land acquisition has begun and the financial closure is expected any time now. “It’s a matter of days,” a company source said. The company is confident of completing the project in 17 months, or by the middle of 2018, much ahead of the sanctioned time.

    Besides augmenting power supply to residential areas, the project would also improve reliability of electricity supply for manufacturing and service sectors in the region and help generate jobs.

    The transmission links are proposed between Aligarh and Prithla , covering a distance of 52 Km. The second line between Prithala and Kadarpur would cover 40 km and the third one linking Kadarpur with Sohna Road travel 21 Km, while the fourth between Neemrana and Dhanonda would cover 54 Km.

    The sub-stations are being planned at Sohna Road, Kadarpur and Prithla along with associated 400 kv (kilo volt) connectivity. Sergei Fedorov Womens Jersey

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