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Scindia chairs advisory panel to discuss transmission issues

business Updated: May 28, 2013 21:55 IST
HT Correspondent
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Hindustan Times
Jyotiraditya Scindia

Chaired by power minister Jyotiraditya Scindia, the high level advisory group on power sector met on Tuesday and deliberated on issues related to electricity transmission.

“Today, we discussed issues on (power) transmission,” Scindia told reporters after the meeting. The deliberations were focused on the recommendations of the sub-group on ‘inadequacies of transmission line: way forward’, he added.

The next meeting of the group is scheduled to be held on June 26. Scindia said the advisory panel in its next meeting would discuss issues related to amendments to the Electricity Act.

Inadequate transmission lines with respect to rising electricity demand is a main problem in the sector. The group, whose members include representatives from power producers and public sector lenders, have already deliberated on various issues related to coal, hydro and gas.

ICICI Bank managing director Chanda Kochhar, BHEL chairman and managing director BP Rao and Jaypee Group chairman and CEO Manoj Gaur, among others attended Tuesday’s meeting. Some members, including Tata Group chairman Cyrus Mistry, Reliance Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group chairman Anil Ambani, SBI chairman Pratip Chowdhary, were not present.

According to the minister, the group is working on a “laundry list of five actionable items” with regard to gas, hydro and coal segments. Already, sub groups of the panel are working on these issues.

“In this meeting, these five items have not been distilled because there is a degree of analysis that still needs to be done by the sub groups. So they are going to come back to me with that on June 26,” Scindia said.

The advisory panel has been set up against the backdrop of multiple problems, including acute fuel shortages hurting power generation in the country.