Indian power transmission firm Power Grid Corp. of India has announced plans to construct lines to link power plants of private firms to the grid under new government regulations.

Indian Central Electricity Regulatory Commission chairman Pramod Deo said that the plans involve building transmission lines connecting the network with a 250MW-capacity hydroelectric plants and 500MW-capacity thermal units.

Deo said Rs5m would be required to construct 1km of transmission lines.

Hydroelectric units based in distant locations will benefit the most from the advancements made under new regulatory statues.

In October 2007, Power Grid chairman R P Singh said the company will increase its transmission line length to 120,000km in five years to 2012.

The Indian Power Ministry said that by 2012 the country’s transmission network will have enough capacity to transfer 37,700MW of power.