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Haryana to buy 2000 MW Hydel Power from Bhutan

India Current Affairs 2012. The Government of Haryana approached Bhutan to provide hydel-power to resolve the power crisis in the state....

Dec 9, 2012 15:53 IST

The Government of Haryana approached Bhutan to provide hydel-power to resolve the power crisis in the state.

The Haryana Government is supposed to purchase 2000 MW power from the country for which they have alreday finalised modalities regarding the purchase at the administrative level.

The Chief Minister of Haryana Bhupinder Singh Hooda is going to lead a high-level delegation to Bhutan from 14 December 2012 to 16 December 2012 calling for a significant step to make the state free of any power shortage in the coming days.Senior officers of power utilities department would be part of this high-level delegation to Bhutan.

Hydel-power is available at cheaper rates as compared to coal-based power plants.
However, Haryana has already started working in this direction as senior officers of power utilities department had visited Bhutan and interacted with their officials .The rates of the power would be as per the MoU (Memorandum of Understanding) that would be signed between the two countries.

Four coal-based thermal power stations are already operating at full capacity in the state of Haryana. Also, a nuclear power plant of 2800 MW was being set up at Gorakhpur village in Fatehabad district. The government is also planning to start a new scheme, under which, 22-hour power supply will be given to consumers who pay their bills on time.

If the MoU is successfully signed then it would help to ensure uninterrupted power supply of 14 to 20 hours to the rural consumers in the state.

Besides, Haryana government is also exploring the possibilities of purchasing hydel-power from Arunachal Pradesh in the future.