'On demand power' for all by 2012: Shinde

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Mumbai, Apr 5 (UNI) There will be ''on demand power for all'' by 2012 with special emphasis in the country's financial capital Mumbai, Union Power Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde said here today.

Speaking to mediapersons on the sidelines of the Sarda Equal Opportunities Awards (SEOA) function, Mr Shinde said, ''by 2012, we are confident of making power on demand available to all.'' Pointing out that the country had a 25,000 MW power deficit, Mr Shinde said, ''we have already spent two years in rectifying and taking the necessary measures.'' Three ultra mega power projects each worth Rs 16,000 crore at Sasan in Madhya Pradesh, Mundra in Gujarat and Krishnapatnam in Andhra Pradesh are underway and the fourth project at Tilaya in Jharkhand was in the pipeline, Mr Shinde elaborated.

Mr Shinde said the 11th Five Year Plan has earmarked 80,000 MW of power, compared to 54,000 MW in the last three Five Year plans combined.

The Government of India has also envisaged a power capacity of 100,000 MW of power by 2012, he added.

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