Union Power Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde has urged states to focus on capacity addition and demand management to eliminate power shortage in the country.
Inaugurating a day-long conference of power ministers in New Delhi on Thursday, he stressed the need to take early decisions on new projects and, once work began, monitor their implementation closely. Each state needed to choose the right mix of projects to be developed in the state sector, and through competitive bidding on tariff, he added.
Shinde noted that in the 10th plan there had been weaknesses in preparatory work, delays in decision making and an imbalance in capacity addition. This had to be corrected in the current 11th plan period. He emphasised the need for attention to energy conservation.
Stressing the need to provide quality power to rural areas, Shinde said, "Our rural areas will be integrated with our dynamic urban economy and benefit from it, only if we can offer them 24 hours of uninterrupted power supply."
Earlier, delivering the keynote address, Deputy Chairman of the Planning Commission Montek Singh Ahluwalia said that problems of power generation could be solved if the problems related to its distribution were solved. "Those who can control transmission losses will succeed in providing power to the states," he said.