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Record increase in power capacity in 11th plan, says union power minister

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Mumbai, June 04, 2012
First Published: 01:40 IST(4/6/2012) | Last Updated: 01:41 IST(4/6/2012)

The total installed power generation capacity of the country has crossed two lakh megawatts (MW), with a record capacity addition of 54,964 MW in the 11th plan (2007-12). This is about two-and-a-half times the capacity added in the 10th plan.

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Sushilkumar Shinde, union power minister said this on Saturday, while speaking at the ceremony held to flag off civil work on the main plant of the National Thermal Power Corporation’s (NTPC) Solapur Super thermal Power project (2x660MW). The state will also get a significant share of electricity from this plant.

Shinde dedicated the Solapur Power and Industrial Training Institute (SPITI) to the nation on the occasion. The SPITI will be a state-of-the-art training institute with workshops for welding, electrician, instrument mechanic trades, computer lab, and drawing hall.  The institute will enhance the quality of vocational education in the area and ensure better employability of local youth.

KC Venugopal, union minister of state for power and Arup Roy Choudhury, NTPC chief, were also present.

NTPC is India’s largest power utility that plays a major role in meeting the power needs of the country. The present installed capacity of NTPC is 38,014 MW.

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