Thursday, July 16, 2009

An Extra 80000 Mws to be Available within 18 Months

Keeping in mind, the huge power demand during Commonwealth Games in 2010 and as usual power deficit, government has taken up some very large projects for power generation, which will boost the power availability in coming months.

India's power availability will improve in the next 18 months as part of the 80,000 megawatts of capacity under construction comes on stream, Power Minister Sushilkumar Shinde said Wednesday.

India, which currently has an installed generation capacity of 149,391 megawatts, faces a peak hour deficit of 12% due to rising demand from industrial and household consumers.

The government plans to add 78,700 megawatts during the five years to March 2012 to meet rising demand.

"I am confident that we will be able to add at least 65,000 megawatts," Mr. Shinde told CNBC TV18 television channel, but he added that there could be delays due to adverse weather conditions and shortages of power generation equipment.

Mr. Shinde said he has already set a target to add 100,000 megawatts of capacity during the next five-year plan period that begins April 1, 2012.

India's planning panel sets targets for infrastructure development in power, roads, ports and other areas for five years, which are then pursued with funding from the government.