It is highly probable that India will sell 500 MW of electricity to Pakistan via a transmission link. Last month, a group of experts from India and Pakistan met in Islamabad to ponder over the possibility of a 500 MW cross border transmission inter-connection between the two countries. The electricity will be bought by Pakistan from India on a commercial basis. The matter was put forward before the Rajya Sabha by Indian Minister of State for Power K C Venugopal informed the Rajya Sabha on Monday. He also confirmed that electricity from central and state generating stations supplying power to distribution companies will not be diverted to Pakistan.
The duration of transmission of electricity will depend on the contractual arrangement of trade. Power Grid Corporation (PGCIL) said, the transmission link between India and Pakistan is a part of the initiative to set up a powerful electricity grid between SAARC countries such as Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. This includes plans of a possible undersea connection between Sri Lanka and India.
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