As the state has made rapid strides in development, the demand for electricity has witnessed an unprecedented increase in the past few years. Concrete steps have been taken to add generation capacity of 5,000 mw in the public and private sector and to make commensurate investments in transmission and distribution network. In the last six years, 243 new sub-stations have been constructed, capacity of 440 existing sub-stations has been augmented and 3,305 KMs of new transmission lines have been laid.
All the generation projects are progressing well. Both the units of 1,200 mw Rajiv Gandhi Thermal Power Project at Khedar, Hisar were commissioned in April 2010 and October 2010 in a record period of 38 months and 44 months respectively. The 1,500 mw Indira Gandhi Super Thermal Power Project is being set up in Jhajjar as a joint venture with government of Haryana, Delhi government and NTPC. The first unit of this project of 500 mw was commissioned on November 1, 2010. The second and third units are likely to be ready by July 2011 and January 2012 respectively.
In addition, two units of 660 mw each of the Mahatma Gandhi Super Thermal Power Project in Jhajjar are expected to be commissioned in December 2011 and May 2012 respectively.
The segregation of rural domestic and agricultural load has vastly improved the quality of power supply to rural areas. Out of 2.36 lakh families living below the poverty line,1.77 lakh families have been covered under the Rajiv Gandhi Gramin Vidyutikaran Yojana. Haryana government has also taken a number of initiatives to promote renewable energy in the state. Already 128 mw green power projects have been installed. Under the Jawahar Lal Nehru National Solar Mission, MoUs have been signed with nine independent power producers for setting up solar power projects totaling to 8.8 mw with an investment of approximately Rs. 132 crore. Haryana has taken the lead in the country by implementing the first of its kind project to provide solar street lights in all the villages of Sirsa district with the financial assistance of Central Government.
Source- Financial Express