11 Jan 2002 – The Working Group on Power for the 10th Five Year Plan said Thursday that India needs an additional 51 000 MW of power generating capacity if it is to meet its target of providing electricity for all by 2012. The group’s recommendations were based on a study by the Central Electricity Authority.
New power projects have been identified and a feasible programme to meet these requirements has now been prepared. The project will include the use of some nuclear and non-conventional power sources.
The overall share of capacity addition in the Central Sector during the 2002-2007 period will be 24 000 MW, while thermal power will add 28 000 MW in all sectors, which will include the 660 MW from the modern Super Critical Technology to be set up by National Thermal Power Corporation at Sipat, Kahalgaon, Barh and North Karanpura.
The group wants an additional 17 000 MW of hydro capacity during the Tenth plan and a reversal of the declining share of power in the total Plan outlay in the last few plans by allocating more funds for the Centre and states.
In addition to this, the Group has also prepared a monitoring mechanism to review all power projects and reduce shortfall in the targeted capacity addition by cutting down delays in clearances, sanctions and other bottlenecks.