The substation would supply electricity to Guna, Indore and Gwalior, besides other metropolitan cities of the country. Substations of 220, 400 and 765 kv already exist in Bina and with the launch of this substation, it would fare prominently on the power sector world map.Addressing a gathering on the occasion, Jyotiraditya Scindia said the government had set a target of additional 90,000 MW power production during the 12th Five-Year Plan (2012-17). Electricity production which stood at a mere 1,370 MW at the time of independence, has gone up to 2.10 lakh MW after 65 years for which credit must go to government companies, he said.
Scindia said power transmission through the power grid, which currently stands at 28,000 MW, is targeted to rise to 48,000 MW in the current plan period.
A total of Rs 12 lakh crore are proposed to be spent out of which Rs 7 lakh crore would be used on electricity production, Rs 3 lakh crore on transmission and Rs 2 crore on distribution, the Minister said.
Former Prime Minister late Rajiv Gandhi first thought of having power grids in the country and four of them were set up during his time, Scindia said. Four power grids have already been linked, he said, adding only the southern grid had to be linked which would be accomplished by January 2014.
He said with the linking of southern grid, India will have the biggest grid in the world. Scindia, who is the Union Minister of State with independent charge of Power Ministry, said there was
electricity problem in Madhya Pradesh after Chhattisgarh was carved out of it as most of the power stations went to the latter.
He also said three power plant stations would be established in Vindhyachal (1,000 MW), Khargone (1,300 MW) and Gaurwara (1,500 MW) by the NTPC.
The project is a unique example of public-private partnership in which all UHV appliances have been developed by the Indian manufacturers' consortium with the Power Grid making available adequate resources, basic systems design and specifications. The manufacturers have developed appropriate facilities for designing, manufacture and testing of various appliances.
The project would be a milestone in the country's energy transmission sector. This would help transmission over long distances from remote production centres to load centres. It would also reduce the 'right off' and effect on vegetation and animalsand would ensure economical development of wholesale power transmission corridors in the country.
On the occasion, many dignitaries, including Surkhi legislator Govind Singh Rajput, former Minister Prabhu Singh Thakur, State Congress committee secretary Rajendra Singh Thakur, block Congress committee president Surendra Sahu, janpad president Indar Singh Thakur and a large number of locals were present.
Source - Pioneer