Narnaul (Haryana): The Haryana government on Monday said the growth in demand for power in the state has almost doubled to 14 per cent.

"Demand for power, which was increasing at the rate of 7 to 8 per cent per annum, is now increasing at the rate of 14 per cent.

In cities like Gurgaon and Faridabad, the increase is at the rate of over 25 per cent per annum," Haryana Power Minister Ajay Singh Yadav said.

He was addressing a public meeting after laying foundation stone of a 33 KV substation at village Gudha near here.

Asserting that the total installed power generation capacity in Haryana has increased to 7667 MW, Yadav said the the state government is regularly making all out efforts to
create additional capacity  of generation and strengthening power transmission and distribution system.

He said state's power utilities are supplying 1,084 lakh units of power daily against the supply of 578 lakh units during 2004-05.

Power generation capacity within the state was only 1,587 MW in 2004-05 which has increased to 5,050 MW and the total installed capacity has increased to 7,667 MW.

The minister said the government plans to set up a 660 MW thermal unit of super critical technology at Yamunanagar, a gas based thermal plant of 1500 MW is planned to be
constructed in Faridabad and a 2,800 MW nuclear power plant is being set up by the Government of India in Fatehabad.

The minister said to strengthen power transmission system, the government has an ambitious plan of Rs 3,092.73 crore under which 187 new substations will be constructed and capacity of 163 existing substations will be augmented during next three years.

Yadav further said the state government is executing an ambitious plan of Rs 270 crore to strengthen power transmission and distribution system in district Mahendragarh.

(Agencies)

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