The power transmission capacity of Power Grid Corporation Ltd would be raised from 10,000 MW currently to 37,000 MW by 2012 to ensure that all five regions in the country get an assured power supply, Power Minister Sushilkumar Shinde said here Thursday.
"The government has no plans to create a parallel entity to Power Grid. On the contrary, it has decided to further augment its capacity to 37,000 MW so that it is able to transmit assured power supplies in north, south, eastern, western and north-eastern regions," he said, addressing an energy meet organised by the Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM).
By strengthening the electricity grid in the country, the minister said it would be possible to reduce transmission losses and enable transfer of surplus power to areas in north India in particular that are presently facing shortage.
"Distribution losses which currently are estimated between 25-30,000 MW could completely be wiped out, provided there is one entity, assigned with the job of power transmission and it is in view of this that Power Grid's role in power transmission is being strengthened," the minister said.
In a bid to ensure that the western region improves its power supply, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh would inaugurate a transmission system at Solapur in Maharashtra on Sep 1.
With a capacity to handle about 5,000 MW power, the new distribution system would be an important link in the proposal to improve the national grid and raise the level of open access power flow to 37,000 MW, the minister said.