India faced 6.6 pc power shortage in Q1: Shinde

August 5th, 2011 - 7:46 pm ICT by IANS  

Sushil Kumar New Delhi, Aug 5 (IANS) The country faced 6.6 percent deficit in power supply during the first quarter of the current fiscal, Power Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde said Friday.

“From 2008-09 to 2011-12 (up to June), the energy shortages reduced from 11.1 percent to 6.6 percent and the peak shortage declined from 11.9 percent to 9.2 percent,” the minister informed the Lok Sabha in a written reply.

According to the minister, the electricity demand in the period under review was at 227,657 million units, while the available power supply was 212,629 million units.

The minster said the government was taking measures to add generation capacity in the power sector and that 37,971 million units were added till June 30 this year.

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