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Delhi power reforms delayed by two years.

THE POWER sector reform in the national Capital has been delayed by another two years.

The gas- based Bawana Power Plant cannot be put to optimum utilisation for the next two years due to unavailability of subsidised gas.

Similarly, the government has also postponed by two years its plan to shut down the fuel guzzling Badarpur and Rajghat power plants in the city. Power department officials said closure of the two plants would affect the electricity supply in several South and Central Delhi areas besides affecting the critical services in GB Pant and LNJP Hospitals.

The electricity generated at these power plants are supplied directly to these areas.

The government had earlier planned to shut down these power plants owing to excessive fuel consumption and high level of air pollution caused by the two coal- based units. Officials said the two plants alone contributes up to 10 per cent of the total air pollution in Delhi.

They said the 25- year old Badarpur plant has a 57 per cent share in Delhi's overall power plant- driven pollution.

A senior power department official said the Union Petroleum Ministry has made it clear that administered price gas cannot be made available to Bawana power plant for the next two years.

Further, unavailability of gas from the KG basin has added to the crisis in Delhi. " If Delhi government decides to purchase gas at existing market rates, power production at Bawana Power Plant will cost ` 15 per unit. Such expensive electricity will be unaffordable in Delhi,"an official said.

Notably, the Bawana power plant has the capacity of 1,500 MW but the plant is currently producing less than 500 MW of electricity despite being into service for nearly 5 years.

Inadequate distribution network, officials claimed, was another hurdle. They said the existing distribution network is not strong enough to take the extra load.

Bawana power plant.

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Date:Jun 4, 2015
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