Progress in Transmission Lines
Power Grid Corporation of India Ltd. (PGCIL), the Central Transmission Utility of the Country and a Navaratna Company has already established a transmission network comprising of about 85000 Ckm of Extra High Voltage Alternating Current (EHV AC) & High Voltage Direct Current (HVDC) Transmission lines and it is expected to add about 55000 Ckm in the next 5 to 6 years. Apart from this, Ministry of Power has also taken initiative for laying Transmission Lines through Tariff Based Competitive Bidding route. Under this, six projects with an estimated cost of Rs.10,070/- crore have already been awarded. These projects are scheduled to come up in the XII Plan.
Giving this information in a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha today Minister of State for Power Shri K.C.Venugopal said that as per Electricity Act, 2003, State Government notifies the Board or a Company as the State Transmission Utility (STU) and one of the functions of the STU is to ensure development of an efficient, coordinated and economic system of intra-State Transmission Lines for smooth flow of electricity from a generating station to the load centres. The Minister said that the PGCIL has planned to expand its transmission network in the country in line with the expected generation capacity addition during XII Plan pegged at 75,000 MW. He said as the generation capacity addition programme and corresponding transmission system in the country during XII Plan is still under the process of finalization the transmission network addition is based on:
(i) Regulatory approval accorded by Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC) to PGCIL to proceed with the execution of nine High Capacity transmission corridors (with HVDC links/765kV Ultra High Voltage Alternating Current(UHVAC) lines) to facilitate evacuation of power from various generation projects being developed by Independent Power Producers. The estimated cost is about ₨ 58,000 Crores.
(ii) Transmission systems for six Ultra Mega Power Projects (UMPPs) i.e. Sasan, Mundra, Krishnapatnam, Tillaiya and newly proposed in Orissa and Chhattisgarh assigned to PGCIL by Ministry of Power.
(iii) Bulk Power Transmission Agreement with other beneficiaries/ Generators including private power producers for providing Long Term Open access for constructing the transmission network.
Based on the above, PGCIL has estimated a Capital Outlay of Rs.1,00,000 Crores for implementation of transmission schemes associated with the above projects. Some of the schemes have already been taken up for implementation and the others are in the process, which will continue through XII Plan.