Union Minister of Road Transport & Highways and Shipping Nitin Gadkari laid today the foundation of 400/220 kV sub-station with 2000 MVA Capacity of POWERGRID at Tughlakabad, Delhi. The function was presided over by Shri Piyush Goyal, Union Minister of State(IC) for Power, Coal and New & Renewable Energy. Shri Ramesh Bidhuri, Member of Parliament, senior officials of Ministry of Power, Delhi Power Department and POWERGRID officials were also present at the foundation laying ceremony. Speaking on the occasion, Shri Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister of Road Transport & Highways and Shipping has appreciated the efforts of Ministry of Power for establishment of sub-stations for Delhi with the help of POWERGRID which will prove to be a milestone in strengthening of Delhi power scenario and provide 24hourquality power supply to its residents. It will give great relief to the Delhi people and improve economic growth.
On this occasion, Shri Piyush Goyal said that various projects are being implemented by the Government for strengthening the power system in Delhi. After implementation of these schemes Delhi residents will no longer need to depend on their diesel generators and invertors for power supply. 5 Lac LED lights will be installed in Delhi with an approximate cost of Rs.500 Crores. These schemes will also help Delhi in reducing the overall power consumption. He also added that in the coming time Delhi consumers will be able to select their power service provider as per their suitability in terms of services. The substation will be built with state-of the-art GIS technology and will cater to the power demand to Delhi. It will improve reliability in power supply to south and southeast Delhi. It will provide connectivity to Masjid mod, Okhla, Mehrauli, Maidangarhi and Badarpur.
Considering the importance of reliable power supply to Delhi, Ministry of Power took the initiative to mitigate the problems in transmission & distribution of electricity it was emphasized that a very strong Inter State Transmission System alongwith 400/220KV Grid Sub-stations in and around Delhi are required to be established to ensure secured transmission network with adequate transformation capacity. In order to facilitate handling of increasing quantum of power with reliability, four nos. of 400/220kV substations along with associated 400kV transmission network under ISTS are being implemented within the periphery of Delhi to import power from various sources outside Delhi. These ISTS (Inter State Transmission System) 400/220 kV substations are planned to be established at Rajghat, Tughlakabad, Karampura and Papankalan by POWERGRID.
Presently many 220 kV s/s of Delhi are being fed from single source, implementation of above scheme shall provide alternate source, which shall improve reliability of power supply. Thus, with the creation of the above four 400kV S/s planned for commissioning by 2016-17, there would be strong infeed around Delhi which can take care and reliably meet the load demand of Delhi. Besides above, development of intra – state network in Delhi has also been planned and taken up for implementation by DTL for absorption of power in reliable manner.