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Electricity in India for everyone by the end of 2011: Shinde

Vishakhapatnam, Mon, 17 Sep 2007 NI Wire

Sep 17: “Central government will provide the electricity for all”, said Union Energy minister Sushil Kumar Shinde as government has proposed to enlarge the capacity of all the power projects in the country by the end of 11 th five-year plan. Shinde has expressed their views on laying the foundation stone for ‘Simhadri Super Thermal Power Project’ (Phase-II), with an installed capacity of 1000 Mega Watt units in Andhra Pradesh on Sunday September 16, 2007.

The Union Energy minister said, “Earlier government has failed to keep the promises taken several measures to meet the 11 th Plan targets”. He further informed that government has appointed a group of ministers and it will also consult international firms, to clear the process, if required.

“The government has proposed to add 78,577 MW of power during the 11th Five-Year Plan (2007-12)”, said Shinde and confirmed that a mega power projects in the country will be cleared within 15 days.

Shinde said, “Power surplus of 5 percent can be achieved by the end of 2011. India faces a shortage of around 8% - 13.5 % in energy supply and there is a plan to increase the per capita availability of 1000 from 600 units.”

“With the changing targets, the power sector hopes its performance will match, or perhaps even excel those of other sectors of the economy,” he said and emphasised that the power availability will increase labour and agricultural productivity.

Shinde urged the state to meet the demands of the agricultural sector from allocations made in the Rajiv Gandhi Grameen Vidyutikaran Yojana. “Around 25 lakh villages are to be connected under the rural electrification programme. However, only 40,000 villages have been covered so far,” said Sushil. “Government is looking forward to increase inter-regional transmission capacity and giving a major push to rural electrification. A Power Projects management board is being set up for timely monitoring and commissioning of plants”, added Union Minister Shinde.

In the steps of enlarging the power capacity, APGenco has taken up the project in Andhra Pradesh that will generate surplus power by the end of eleventh five-year plan. The first 500 MW out of the 1000 MW power station near Parawada Mandal in Vishakhapatnam has been already commissioned. It was a benchmark in green field project construction that was accomplished in record 37 month of time and second was in 45-month time.

NTPC Limited, a public sector company is the biggest thermal power generating company of India. It was incorporated in 1975 as wholly government owned company to enhance power development in the country.

NTPC’s share on March 31, 2007 in the total installed capacity of the country was 20.18% and it contributed 28.50% of the total power generation of the country during 2006-07.

It also takes proper measure for Ash utilization, community development, afforestation programmes and rehabilitation and resettlement programme to improve the socio- economic condition of people. It has also been recognized as a NAVRATNA company, recognizing its excellence to become a global giant.

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