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Centre plans 88,537 MW new power generation capacity in 2012-17

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Jyotiraditya M ScindiaThe government plans to add a fresh power generating capacity of 88,537 mw in the next five years. The planned capacity comprises of 10,897 mw through hydropower plants, 72,340 mw through thermal and 5,300 through mw nuclear plants, power minister Jyotiraditya M Scindia said in a written reply to the Rajya Sabha on 06-08-2013.

Scindia said the government is taking several measures to achieve the new capacity addition target to meet the growing demand for power and providing power to all.

The measures include monitoring of capacity addition of ongoing generation projects by the power minister, Planning Commission, Cabinet Secretariat, power secretary and chairperson of the Central Electricity Authority and; periodic joint review of issues related to supply of power equipment from BHELBSE -6.58 % by a group under the chairmanship of heavy industry secretary and power secretary.

The Planning Commission had originally fixed the capacity addition target of 78,700 mw for the eleventh plan (2007-2012). However, during the mid-term appraisal of the eleventh plan by the Planning Commission, the target was revised to 62,374 mw. As against it, the power generation capacity addition achieved was 88% of the revised target at 54,964 mw.

The major reasons for the shortfall in the achievement of eleventh plan capacity addition target was slow progress of civil works, contractual disputes between project developers, contractors and their sub-contractors, poor geology, delay in land acquisition, law and order problems, difficult climate conditions and regulatory issues.

Source- Economic Times


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