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?MP to get one ultra mega thermal power plant?

THE CENTRE plans to set up five ultra mega thermal power plants in the country, and one of them would be set up in Madhya Pradesh, Union Minister for Energy Sushil Kumar Shinde has said.

india Updated: Feb 25, 2006 13:09 IST

THE CENTRE plans to set up five ultra mega thermal power plants in the country, and one of them would be set up in Madhya Pradesh, Union Minister for Energy Sushil Kumar Shinde has said.

“The five plants with an installed capacity of 4,000 mw each with an investment of Rs 15,000 crore per plant will be set up in Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Maharashtra, Karnataka and one more state,” Shinde said here late last night after taking part in a seminar “Human Development – A Social Initiative” organised by social worker Uday Singh, popularly known was ‘Bhayyu Maharaj”.

The Energy Minister informed that at present there is a gap of around 50,000 mw in the country in terms of demand and supply with total generation standing at 1.25 lakh MW, against the total demand of nearly 1.75 lakh MW.

Shinde said that the ultra mega thermal power plant plan was also discussed with the FICCI and the Government has expressed its willingness to invite private initiative in these projects.

Referring to the Dhabol project in Maharashtra, he informed that efforts were going on to start generation from the project’s second unit of 740 MW by May this year.

He informed that there are immense opportunities to produce hydro power in the country, specially in the north east which alone can meet 50 per cent of the country’s power requirement, but hurdles in the form of land acquisition and environment clearance are the major problems.

The minister said that new power policy will encourage private participation in power generation in the country, and added that the Government was thinking of setting up single-window system for paving the way for setting up power plants in the private sector.

First Published: Feb 25, 2006 13:09 IST