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Behind targets, Shinde gets into power drive

After repeatedly drawing flak on the performance of the sector from all sides, including the Prime Minister’s Office, Power Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde has sought the hands and experience of former secretaries of his ministry to bring back the derailed power capacity addition programme on track.

business Updated: Sep 25, 2009 23:13 IST
Anupama Airy

After repeatedly drawing flak on the performance of the sector from all sides, including the Prime Minister’s Office, Power Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde has sought the hands and experience of former secretaries of his ministry to bring back the derailed power capacity addition programme on track.

A high level advisory panel comprising of former and present power secretaries along with industry associations like CII and FICCI has been constituted to look into the constraints facing the sector.

The first meeting of the panel was held on Friday where macro level issues concerning power capacity constraints came up for discussion. The review of the power projects which will supply power to meet the requirement of the forthcoming Commonwealth Games 2010 was also undertaken by this panel.

Power equipment maker BHEL, presently the soft target of the ministry for not being able to meet capacity addition targets, is also part of the panel, which will meet once every month and will be chaired by Shinde.

In the last three plans, the country’s capacity addition has been less than 50 per cent of the targets set for every plan. For the current 11th five year plan (2007-12), the ministry has set an ambitious target of adding 76,000 mw capacity.

In the first two years of the plan period, the ministry has been able to add 17,200 mw but is way behind its targets.

Former power secretary RV Shahi said the committee has identified 45,000 mw projects, in addition to the 17,200 mw which already stands commissioned, as “doable projects.”

“Next month we will conduct a comprehensive review of these projects and look into all kinds of constraint like monitoring of equipment supply and fuel supply issues,” he said.

“We have also suggested that captive power projects of around 12,000 mw which are under construction be closely monitored,” former power secretary Anil Razdan said.