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No respite from power crisis: Assocham study

Power crisis is unlikely to be bridged soon, with as many as 47 power plants running behind schedule to expand capacity.

india Updated: May 05, 2006 18:21 IST

Acute shortage of electricity across the country is unlikely to be bridged soon, with as many as 47 power plants running much behind schedule to expand capacity, says an industry chamber ASSOCHAM.

As many as 10 power plants in the north, 16 in the west, eight in the south, 11 in the east and two in the north-east regions, scheduled for expanding capacity in the 10th plan period (2002-07), are behind their target date of completion, the Assocham study said.

"As a result of the slow work progress, the Central Electricity Authority (CEA) has reduced the capacity expansion plan from the targeted 41,110 MW to 32,778.5 MW. Only 14,301.4 MW of this has been commissioned so far," said ASSOCHAM President Anil K Agarwal.

By the end of fiscal 2006-07, the capacity addition of only about 10,000 MW would be done, thus falling short of the target by 8,000 MW, Assocham secretary general DS Rawat said.

"In the current fiscal only about 10,000 MW of capacity addition could be expected and the remaining will have to be shifted for commissioning in the 11th plan period," Rawat said.