Power Minister reviews DVC's multifaceted activities

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New Delhi, Jul 18 (UNI) Union Power Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde today reviewed activities of Damodar Valley Corporation (DVC) during the Consultative Committee Meeting of the Power Ministry.

He apprised the members of multifaceted activities taken up by the DVC.

Mr Shinde said the DVC had taken a lead role in accomplishing the central sector target for capacity addition by pledging to add 9,460 Mega Watts (MW) within the 11th Plan and another 1,320 MW by the end of 2012.

It would be accomplished when Raghunathpur Thermal Power Station (TPS) Phase-II with super critical technology would be commissioned, the Minister added.

He said the DVC would be having a thermal operating capacity of 10,780 MW in another four years time which would be about five times capacity of 2,210 MW at the end of the 10th Plan.

Mr Shinde informed the members that by generating 14,732 million unit during last year, the DVC thermal unit had created a new record surpassing previous year's generation by seven per cent.

This year the DVC was anticipating further improvement to the tune of 20 per cent, he added.

He lauded the efforts of the DVC for taking up projects in social sector also through various new initiatives to improve the quality of life of the people living in the Damodar Valley.

DVC Chairman and Managing Director A K Burman made a detailed presentation on the initiatives and issues related to the activities of the Corporation.

In Jharkhand, DVC had taken the responsibility to electrify 83775 villages, Mr Burman informed the members.

However, some of the members gave suggestions to improve the performance of the DVC. These included water conservation and water management for greater industrialisation, more power generation, better HR management, more local participation etc.

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