Electricity production has started increasing in Rajasthan. On Wednesday evening, number 7 super critical unit was made operational in Suratgarh. It has been synchronized. This will generate 660 MW of electricity. Along with this, Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot has also approved the amendment in the Electricity Duty Rules. Now the process of setting up captive power plants has become easier. With this, investors in Rajasthan will come to the coal blocks area to set up their own power plants. There employment will increase. Electricity production is also expected to increase in the state.
660 MW unit of Suratgarh Supercritical Power Plant commissioned
Rajesh Kumar Sharma, CMD, Rajasthan Vidyut Utpadan Nigam Limited, told in a conversation with the daily that on Wednesday evening at 6.57 pm, the unit of number 7 Super Critical Thermal Power Plant of Suratgarh has been synchronized. This unit will generate 660 MW of electricity. This is a matter of good news for the state and for us during this power crisis.
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Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, Energy Department Minister Dr BD Kalla, Chief Secretary Niranjan Arya, ACS Subodh Agarwal are constantly making efforts to increase the speed of power generation. Along with this, the CM has taken another step to promote private plants. Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot has approved the amendment in the Rajasthan Electricity Duty Rules, 1970. After this decision of the government, the Finance Department has issued a notification in this regard. The amendment to the rules will come into effect from 31 October 2021. The Chief Minister had announced in the budget for the year 2021-22 to make important processes in revenue generating departments online by simplifying them. Following this, the procedures related to electricity charge have been simplified and made practical.
Registration for captive power plant will be done in just 3 days
Under this, every person who generates electricity from a captive power plant for his own use or for free power supply to others. He will be able to get the registration facility from the website of the department. Due to which he will not need to go to the office of the electricity department. Registration Certificate will be issued within 3 days of submission of application. Along with this, within 30 days at the end of every 3 months, there will also be a facility to present the quarterly return in electronic mode from the website of the department.
Promotion of captive power plants near lignite coal mines in Rajasthan
Captive plants are used by an individual or firm for own or company and factory use. But the extra electricity generated from them is given free of cost to others. Department sources say that after the simplification of the rules, now any person or firm who will set up his power plant near the coal blocks present in Rajasthan. They will be registered soon. Allotment of coal blocks will also be done easily. This will bring investors to Rajasthan. New power plants will be set up. Employment and investment will increase. Electricity production in the state will also increase when the plant is commissioned. Establishment of power plants for own use on behalf of factories or firms will not require government electricity. This will increase the availability of government electricity to the general public. Along with this, cheap electricity will also be available in such plants, because their cost of coal transportation will be saved.
If captive plants are placed around lignite coal blocks, then registration will be done soon. RajWest at Bhadres, Barmer, Plant near Kapurdi and Jalipa Lignite Coal Mines at Barmer, JSW, Neyveli Lignite Corporation Limited’s Plant at Barsingsar near Bikaner, Giral Lignite Thermal Power Plant of Government Undertaking at Barmer are some of the Power Plants near Coal Blocks are examples of. Peathead plants are located near coal blocks. This also saves the transportation of coal to the plants.
5193 MW power will be generated from government undertakings
In Rajasthan, now 5193 MW of electricity will be generated from power plants of government undertakings. Suratgarh Thermal was generating 910 MW of electricity. Now with the commissioning of both the number 7 and 8 units, 660-660 MW will be generated. Also one unit of 250 MW is in operation. A total of 1570 MW of electricity will be generated here. 660 and 250 MW units are operational in Chhabra, which are producing 910 MW of electricity. 1200 MW of electricity is being produced in Kalisindh. 1240 MW is being received from Kota Thermal Power Station. Apart from this, 273 MW of electricity is also generated from Ramgarh Gas Thermal Power Plant.