Four more ultra mega power projects approved

May 29th, 2008 - 9:43 pm ICT by admin  

New Delhi, May 29 (IANS) Four more ultra mega power projects will be set up in the country apart from the nine that have already been approved, Union Power Minister Sushilkumar Shinde announced Thursday. “These additional ultra mega power projects will be in Chhattisgarh, Orissa, Tamil Nadu and Gujarat as these states have sent their renewed requests to the union power ministry to meet their power shortage,” Shinde said.

The government has already approved nine ultra mega power projects, of which three are under execution.

Of the nine, four are being set up by the government in Sasan (Madhya Pradesh), Mundra (Gujarat), Akaltara (Chhattisgarh), coastal Karnataka and Ratnagiri (Maharashtra), and one in coastal Karnataka. Four other projects are planned by Reliance and the Tata group.

This was disclosed by Shinde at a business meet organised by the Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (Assocham).

“The approval process for ultra mega power projects will ensure that the shortage of nearly 30,000 MW of power is addressed,” said Shinde.

The 11th Five Year Plan (2007-12) target of 89,000 MW of electricity capacity would be added by year 2012, said Shinde.

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