To curb air pollution, government has renewed its offer to supply natural gas to Delhi’s stranded power plant to help switch from the polluting coal-generated electricity.
“Our ministry had offered to supply natural gas to the Bawana power plant at a price of USD 7.5-8 per million British thermal unit, that will help generate power at less than Rs 5-6 per unit Delhi pays for getting electricity from the coal-based Badarpur power station,” said Oil Minister Dharmendra Pradhan.
“I had written to the Delhi Chief Minister offering him to supply LNG. He wrote back to me but did not address the core issue (of taking gas),” he said. “If they shut (coal-based) Badarpur power station, it will help cut pollution equivalent to not plying cars for 17 years.”
Delhi has a power demand of 6,500 to 7,000 MW. Decades-old Badarpur power plant supplies 350 MW.
The 1,500 MW Bawana power plant in Delhi has been operating at less than a fifth of its capacity for the past four years. The plant was to be commissioned before the 2010 Commonwealth Games but was delayed by an year.
“The government was looking at extending use of CNG beyond cars and autos. Pilot for CNG-run two-wheelers was started today and efforts are on to promote its use in long-haul trucks, buses and railways.”
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