New Delhi, Nov 19 (UNI) The government today said it is examining the possibility of setting up an additional Ultra Mega Power Project (UMPP) of 4,000 MWs each in Tamil Nadu and Karnataka.
Power Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde said taking up of projects is dependent upon the suitability of the site and requisite clearances being made available by the concerned state governments.
''While clearances are awaited for the initially identified sites in Karnataka and Tamil Nadu, recently requests have been received from the states for examining the possibility of setting up of an additional UMPP each in these state,'' Mr Shinde said in a written reply to the Rajya Sabha.
Mr Shinde said the full benefits of the proposed nine UMPPs will be available during the 12th Plan period. He said during the 11th Plan, a capacity addition of 78,577 MW has been envisaged.
As on November 12 2007, 4,380 MW has already been commissioned and project aggregating to 51,065 MW are currently under construction.
In addition, 4,434 MW capacity from additional projects is also currently under construction.
Orders for additional capacity are also expected to be placed within the next few months.