PM inaugurates, lays foundation stone of 8 projects of Power Grid worth Rs 56,000 crores

Prime Minister Narendra Modi dedicated 7 projects & laid the foundation stone of 1 project of Power Grid as part of several 'power & infra projects' worth over Rs 56,000 crore on Monday
PM dedicates/inaugurates 8 projects of Power Grid worth investment of Rs 56,000 crores
PM dedicates/inaugurates 8 projects of Power Grid worth investment of Rs 56,000 crores

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi dedicated 7 projects & laid foundation stone of 1 project of Power Grid as part of several power & infra projects worth over Rs 56,000 crore on Monday. Union Power Minister RK Singh also witnessed the ceremony of power projects from Maharani Bagh Sub-staion.

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The power projects of Power Grid are namely-

765/400/220 kV Gas insulated Substation (GIS), Rampur and 400/220/132 kV Substation, Sambhal Substation with associated transmission lines under PRSTL Project in the Sambhal district of Uttar Pradesh,

Meerut-Simbhavali Transmission Limited in Meerut in UP

Transmission System for Kurnool Wind Energy Zone/ Solar Energy Zone (AP) – Part-A & Part-B in Kurnool district of Andhra Pradesh

Establishment of 220/22KV GIS at UT Chandigarh along with 220KV D/C line from Chandigarh GIS to 400/220KV Panchkula (PG) Sub-Station in Chandigarh

Northern Region System Strengthening Scheme – XXXV in Bhiwani district of Haryana

Northern Region System Strengthening - XL in Ludhiana of Punjab

System Strengthening Scheme in Northern Region - XXXVII in Pithoragarh district of Uttarakhand

North Eastern Region Strengthening Scheme – XII (NERSS-XII) in Dimapur district of Nagaland

Power Minister joined the programme from the Power Grid substation in Maharani Bagh, New Delhi. Addressing the gathering before the commencement of the event in Adilabad, the Power Minister recalled that many mega projects in generation, transmission and distribution have been successfully undertaken in the last decade, to fulfil the aspirations of a rapidly growing nation. “The government has addressed the critical issue of power deficiency by adding more than 196 GW of generation capacity since April 2014, transforming our country from power deficit to power sufficient. The government has increased the generation capacity from 2,48,554 MW in March 2014 to 4,28,299 MW in December 2023. As a result of these measures, the availability of power supply in rural areas has increased from 12.5 Hours in 2015 to 20.6 Hours in 2023. The power supply in urban areas has increased to 23.78 Hours in 2023.”

Complimenting Power Grid employees and the power sector PSUs and stakeholders, the Power Minister said that this growth has been possible because of their contribution. Highlighting the synergistic relationship between the growth of the power sector and of the economy, the Minister said that the nation would not have been able to grow as fast without strengthening of the power sector. “In order to accommodate the substantial capacity addition, the Government of India planned and added 1,89,052 circuit kilometres (ckm) of transmission lines, between 2013-14 to 2022-23, connecting the whole country into one grid running on one frequency with the capability of transferring 1,16,540 MW from one corner of the country to another, also further integrating the whole country into one national market.”

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