Former Power Grid CMD RP Singh heads committee to monitor two Mumbai transmission projects

Mumbai: Former Power Grid CMD RP Singh to head a three-member committee formed by the Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission (MERC) to monitor the implementation of two Mumbai transmission projects. These two projects are Kudus-Aarey High Voltage Direct Current (HVDC) transmission project and the 400 kV Kharghar-Vikhroli transmission project. These projects are crucial in nature to help Mumbai avoid load shedding during peak demand hours. The committee has especially been formed to monitor the development of these projects being implemented by Adani Electricity Mumbai Infrastructure Ltd (AEMIL).

The tenure of the committee will be 18-months.

The other two members of the committee are MERC Director Prafulla Varhade and the Maharashtra State Electricity Transmission Company Director (Operations) who will also be the Convener of the Committee. Representatives of AEMIL and Kharghar Vikhroli Transmission Pvt Ltd (KVTPL) (Senior Level Officer) will be the special invitees for HVDC and 400 kV Vikhroli Project respectively as and when required by the Committee.

MERC in an order issued Tuesday said, “The Commission hereby constitutes a 'Monitoring Committee' comprising following members for monitoring of identified projects such as 400 kV Kharghar-Vikhroli project, Kudus-Aarey HVDC project and associated transmission schemes within and around Mumbai Metropolitan Region which are critical for strengthening of Mumbai transmission network."

The committee will prepare and map separate timelines (Quarterly completion targets) for each activity/sub-task for identified schemes and action points (HVDC Project, Vikhroli Project and the remedial measures) considering the completion timelines. It will scrutinize, review the detailed project execution plan for the HVDC project and Vikhroli Project and highlight specific milestones and activities on critical paths.

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The committee will monitor and report (delay, if any) for issues related to obtaining necessary clearances and approvals, Right of Way issues, equipment ordering and installation, outages, internal approvals, review of islanding/protections/grid operation automated technologies, reactive power management, SCADA upgradation and possible slippages if any, which might adversely impact the planned schedule.

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