Shinde sets 5,653 MW target for first 100 days

June 9th, 2009 - 7:36 pm ICT by IANS  

Sushil Kumar New Delhi, June 9 (IANS) Power Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde Tuesday set a target of generating an additional 5,653 MW of electricity in the first 100 days of the new United Progressive (UPA) government, and said he will himself monitor the progress.
“The country is looking up to the sector for delivering the promise of ‘power for all’ and there is a need to accelerate the efforts,” Shinde told a review meeting attended by senior ministry officials and representatives of state-run power generation units.

The meeting also discussed the reasons for project delays, which included issues such as delays in placing orders, shortage of fuel and skilled manpower, contractual disputes and problems related to land acquisition and coal linkages.

The minister said these must be addressed at the earliest to enable the country meet the target of generating 78,700 MW of additional power during the 11th Five-Year Plan ending March 2012. India currently has an installed capacity of 148,265 MW.

“All orders for procuring equipment for future projects must be placed well in advance to avoid delays,” Shinde said.

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