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11th plan to boost the power sector

The power sector is likely to receive investments of over Rs 2,48,000 crore during the 11th five-year-plan period.

india Updated: Jun 12, 2006 16:19 IST

The power sector is likely to receive investments of over Rs 2,48,000 crore during the 11th five-year-plan period, Power Ministry secretary RV Shahi said on Monday.

The approach paper for the 11th plan has earmarked capacity addition of 62,000 MW of power during 2007 to 2012, Shahi told reporters.

The Planning Commission, he said, has set up several sub-groups for demand projection, determination of thermal and hydro mix, transmission and distribution aspects, technology and R&D, manpower training and energy conservation.

Shahi, who is the chairman of the working group of the power sector, said the groups will be submitting their recommendations by October.

The Centre had planned a capacity addition of 44,000 MW during the 10th plan.

The ministry will also think of generating 6000 MW of power from non-conventional sources and 7000 MW from captive sources, during the 11th plan.

While the target for hydel power generation during the 10th plan was 10,000 MW, it has been raised to 17,000 MW in the 11th plan, Shahi said.

The power secretary said, the ministry is also in favour of nuclear power generation and the target set for it is 3000 MW.

However, this would depend upon availability of nuclear fuel. Currently, nuclear power generation is less than three per cent of the total installed capacity of 1.25 lakh MW.

The ministry is also concerned about the ability of domestic companies' to cope up with the increased demand for supplies required to enhance capacity. BHEL has been asked to ramp up production capacity.

NTPC is expected to add 17,076 MW during the 11th plan.