The UPA government is trying to achieve a growth rate of 8% in the 12th Five Year Plan (2012-17) and it would be possible only when the power sector registers an equal rate of growth, Union minister of state for power Jyotiraditya Scindia said in Purulia on Sunday.
On his maiden visit to rural Bengal, Scindia laid the foundation stone of the second phase of Raghunathpur Thermal Power Station (RTPS) of the Damodar Valley Corporation (DVC).
"It is my first visit to rural Bengal and I made it sure that I did not come empty handed. I came here with a development project of more than Rs. 9,000 crore (the second phase of RTPS)," he said.
Scindia said nearly 90,000 MW of power would be added to the country's total power generation capacity after the 12th Five Year Plan. The present capacity is nearly 2.10 lakh MW.
"In the 12th Five Year Plan, we have set a target to raise the total capacity of DVC to more than 10,000 megawatt from the present 7,000 MW. This would make DVC the second largest thermal power producer in the country after the National Thermal Power Corporation," he added.
The second phase of RTPS is expected to be commissioned in 2017. The project, however, has faced resistance from locals over land acquisition. Commissioning of the first phase is expected in March 2013, more than two years later than initially scheduled.
Speaking at the event, Union minister of state for urban development Deepa Dasmunsi lashed out at the ruling Trinamool Congress. "Those at the helm of power in the state have lost their mind in a bid to show enthusiasm. I would urge them not to play politics as far as land for development is concerned," she said.