Shutdown of Rajghat power plant put off till March

The Delhi government has deferred the planned shutdown of the coal-based Rajghat power plant by another six months considering the increased demand for electricity in the summer season.

Last Updated: Feb 21, 2011, 20:53 PM IST

New Delhi: The Delhi government has deferred
the planned shutdown of the coal-based Rajghat power plant by
another six months considering the increased demand for
electricity in the summer season.

Earlier, the government had decided to close the 100
MW capacity plant by March in tune with its climate change
agenda.

"We have decided not to close down the plant till
October considering the summer season. The decision has been
taken to ensure that people do not face any shortage of power
supply," said Delhi Power Minister Harun Yusuf.

He said the city now has around 4,650 MW of power
against the daily consumption of around 3,100 MW which is
expected to swell by around 2,000 MW in peak summer months.

"The peak demand may go up to 5,000 MW. So we are
taking a number of steps to bridge the gap between demand and
availability," he added.

The peak demand had crossed 4,700 MW during last
summer. The city had experienced widescale power cuts during
the peak summer months of June and July last year following a
mis-match between demand and supply.

Yusuf said the under-construction Bawana gas-based
power plant is expected to start generation before June and
will supply 250 MW of power.

"We are trying to ensure that there is no power
shortage during this summer," Yusuf said.

PTI