Power Sector not to achieve even the slashed target of 62,000 MW during 11th Plan

The ministry of power submitted proposal for addition of 76,000 MW of capacity during 12th five-year plan to the Planning Commission, even as the sector battles acute coal &gas shortage, land,environmental issues. The power ministry has set a target for adding 76,000 MW of electricity capacity in the 12th Plan (2012-17) and 93,000 MW in the 13th Five-Year Plan (2017-2022). The ministry is understood to have sent the recommendation to the Plan panel.

Planning commission Member Shri Chaturvedi had earlier said the planning commission may fix a target for about 1,00,000 MW of capacity addition in the power sector.

During this period, an investment of about Rs 6 lakh crore is expected in power generation projects.The government had earlier set a goal for adding 78,577 MW of electricity capacity during the 11th five-year plan, which was scaled down to 62,000 MW by the planning commission in its mid-term review, citing to coal and gas shortages,environmental issues and land acquisition hurdles. However, Power minister Sushilkumar Shinde recently said the sector would not be able to achieve even the revised target and may end up adding 52,000 MW during the five-year period to March, 2012. He said the country has achieved about two-and-a-half times the capacity addition witnessed in the 10th Plan.

The power ministry may not be able to meet its target for the 11th Plan due Power projects being executed by state-owned hydro-power generation company NHPC, which were scheduled for commissioning during the current plan, would now start electricity generation in the 12th plan.

NHPC’s 2,000-MW Subansiri project in Assam and 3,000-MW Dibang project in Arunachal Pradesh are still awaiting environment clearances.