The Power Grid Corporation of India Ltd (PGCIL) has commenced the process of developing the 765kV Wardha-Dichpally-Maheshwaram transmission line in Telangana State for enabling receipt of 1,000 MW power supply from Chhattisgarh.

    The project is expected to be completed by December this year and power supply may start the same month from Chhattisgarh to Telangana State, officials informed.

    Notably, the Chhattisgarh Government decided to sell 1,000 MW of power to the newly formed Telangana State in 2014. Chief Minister Raman Singh and his counterpart from Telangana, K Chandrashekhar Rao had signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU)

    for the purpose in Raipur on November 3, 2014.

    The officials of Chhattisgarh State Power Distribution Company Limited (CSPDCL) had stated at that time that the decision to sell electricity to Telangana was taken in view of increasing power production capacity of Chhattisgarh and after fulfilling the power supply requirement of the State.

    They added Telangana government will bear the transmission expenses in supplying the power to it. The CSPDCL will get trading margin money and this will add to the income of the company. This will thereby help in reducing the electricity rates in Chhattisgarh on the basis of competition, they had stated.

    The officials said that the contract was signed after considering the power received from private power generating companies. They claimed that the State will not face any power shortage due to the deal signed with Telangana.

    In the month of May last year, the Central government had also notified generation linked projects in Chhattisgarh and Odisha with a view to encouraging participation of Private sector in building the Transmission capacity in India, officials stated.

    It had notified 14 power transmission schemes worth Rs. 33,900 crore during 2014-15 across the country.

    These transmission schemes includes 765 kV and 400 kV transmission system strengthening schemes in the Northern, Western, Southern, North Eastern Regions and would facilitate transfer of Power from new Hydro electric projects in Bhutan and the generation linked projects in Chhattisgarh and Odisha etc.

    By the end of 12th five year plan, the power generation installed capacity of Chhattisgarh is expected to reach 22,000 Megawatt, officials informed.

    According to officials, the per capita power consumption in Chhattisgarh has jumped from 300 units to 1,724 units. In the view of increasing power supply demand, the Chhattisgarh State Power Generation Company Ltd (CGPGCL) has made an investment of Rs 22,000 crore, officials informed.

    Officials further informed that the number of very high-pressure sub-centers and distribution systems have also increased in the State. They further informed that for the first time gas based very high sub center has been developed in Raipur and in the same way very high sub-centers based on hybrid technology is being used.

    For ensuring continuous power supply, double transmission-distribution system has been developed in some key areas of the State.  David Johnson Jersey

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