The projects will benefit states like Haryana, Chhattisgarh, UP, MP, Maharashtra by allowing high capacity 765kV lines carrying about 2100MW each apart from the construction of new 765/400kV substations.

The projects will help evacuate power from central generating stations like NTPC’s 660MW Sipat project in Chhattisgarh and its 1,600 MW unit in Gadarwara in Madhya Pradesh, apart from private sector generating stations such as the 1,320MW Sasan UMPP.

After completion, the new transmission lines will reduce congestion in Haryana by strengthening the Northern Transmission system.

The government has invited participation from bidders, including private sector companies, for the projects, which will be developed via tariff-based competitive bidding process.

The approval for the projects will help in increasing the total capacity to over 66,000MW by 2017 with the addition of total inter-regional transmission capacity of around 28,000 MW over the next three years.