Adani Electricity Mumbai (AEML) confirmed that the proposed transmission line and sub-station project at Mumbai’s suburban Vikhroli to enhance Mumbai’s power supply by 1,000 MW will be complete by the end of next year, as per the mandated deadline.
In a review meeting taken following last Monday’s power outage, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray had asked all stakeholders to expedite the project by adhering to the timelines.
During the power outage in Mumbai last week, the city’s local trains had been stuck on tracks, businesses affected and work from home employees impacted as the financial capital plunged into darkness that lasted up to 14 hours in some pockets.
“Adani is committed to completing the Kharghar-Vikhroli transmission line project within the timeline set by Chief Minister Thackeray,” a spokesperson for Adani Group said. In the statement, the AEML said there will be growth in power load in the megapolis and the mismatch between generation and load growth, it is now committed to execute two critical transmission projects that would help channelise additional power to Mumbai.
These capacity enhancement projects will create an additional transmission capacity of 1,000 MW each, thereby easing the existing transmission corridors, it added. It includes the Kharghar-Vikhroli 400/220 kV EHV transmission line project, which will add a 1,000 MW power supply corridor and will also be Mumbai’s first 400 KV Substation.
The project was reportedly approved in 2009 and awarded to AEML in 2019. AEML has already placed orders for all critical equipment and service contracts, which are vital for project completion, including towers and insulators. It has also completed 80 per cent of engineering and is working with authorities to get possession of land parcels at Kharghar and Vikhroli.
In addition to the Vikhroli-Kharghar line, a second project involves an 80-km link between Maharashtra State Electricity Transmission Company’s (MSETCL) 400 kV Kudus & Adani Electricity Mumbai’s (AEML) 220 kV Aarey Substation which will be a first of its kind underground high voltage DC cabled system that can get an additional 1,000 MW of power.