India poised for record capacity addition of 15000 MW in 2011: Shinde

New Delhi, Feb 13(ANI): Union Power Minister Sushilkumar Shinde has said that the power sector in the country is poised for record capacity addition of 15000MW during the present financial year.

Inaugurating the International Operation and Maintenance Event "Indian Power Stations - 2011" to commemorate the commencement of power generation from NTPC's first unit at Singrauli, Uttar Pradesh, on same day in 1982 here today, he congratulated NTPC for its achievements.

Shinde said that after nearly 30 years of humble beginning, NTPC has a total installed capacity of over 33000 MW and plans to be a 75000MW company by 2017.

Meanwhile, Minister of State for Power K.C. Venugopal urged the power companies for new and innovative initiatives for futuristic impact on power situation in the country by supply of reliable and quality power to all sections of the society.

Speaking on the occasion, NTPC Chairman and Managing Director Arup Roy Choudhury said that the company is pursuing inclusive growth model for meeting all its stakeholders including displaced persons, population around its projects and also ensuring quality power at reasonable cost to the consumers.

The inaugural function of the Event Operational Performance beyond Excellence was followed by technical sessions while exhibition is scheduled to be held at NTPC Power Management Institute NOIDA tomorrow.

In all, over 50 technical papers on power plant operation and maintenance shall be presented and discussed during the conference, including seven technical papers from international organizations.

The exhibition is expected to show case new and innovative products for power generation industry, from a wide cross section of Indian and multinational manufacturers. (ANI)

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