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Transmission lines to carry solar power from Rajasthan to Delhi, other states commissioned for use

Transmission lines ferrying electricity over long distances (Representational Image)

In a landmark development, Government-owned Power Grid Corporation of India has commissioned the transmission lines to carry solar power from Rajasthan to Delhi which will enable the country to fight pollution and climate change as the dependence on coal-fired power  will come down.   

“POWERGRID Khetri Transmission System Ltd. (PKTSL), a fully owned subsidiary of Power Grid, has commissioned the Transmission System associated with Rajasthan Solar Energy Zone (SEZ) on October 4,” the power ministry said in an official statement on Thursday.

“Charging of this important transmission project will enhance ease of living as well as provide GatiShakti to infrastructure development activities, through supply of quality and reliable green power across the country,” the power ministry said.

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This is one of the largest Inter-State Tariff Based Competitive Bidding (TBCB) projects established in the state of Rajasthan, the statement said.

The Transmission Project involves a new 765 kV Sub-station at Khetri in Rajasthan and connects the capital of the country at Jhatikara in Delhi through a 765 kV Double Circuit Transmission line and also connects Sikar in Rajasthan through a 400 kV Double Circuit Transmission line.

The commissioning of PKTSL system will facilitate transfer of Renewable Power from Rajasthan to various parts of the country. It will benefit industries, households and businesses, boosting the economic development of Rajasthan and the country in totality. It will augment the transmission infrastructure to evacuate renewable energy thereby reducing dependency on fossil fuels, in line with Government of India’s vision of achieving 450 GW renewable energy target by 2030.

POWERGRID presently has 263 Sub-stations and more than 172,000 ckm and 447,000 MVA of transformation capacity. With the adoption of latest technological tools and techniques, enhanced use of automation and digital solutions, POWERGRID has been able to maintain average transmission system availability at over 99%, the official statement added.