No Power-cut for the next 20-years, says Chhattisgarh CM

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Chhattisgarh
New Delhi, Nov 22: Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh said that the state will remain a no-power-cut state for the next 20 yrs.

"There is no power cut (today) and there will be no power cut in Chhattisgarh in the next 20 years -- be it industry, agriculture or domestic sector," the CM said.

Singh claimed that the young state, which was created out of Madhya Pradesh would add power generation capacity of 3,000 MW every year for the next two-three years.

"In 2012-13, we are adding 3,000 MW... say around per year 2,000-3,000 MW," ha said. The state is expecting to add a power generation of over 20,000 MW by 2016. The state has the potential to produce up to 50,000 MW.

"Per capita power consumption in 2001 was 600 units. Now, it is 1,560 units, which is better than Delhi and next to Gujarat," he added.

According to Singh, the state can transport and sell power to deficit areas as the state electricity board imposes minimal wheeling charges.

The National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) which has a power generation capacity of over 35,000 MW operates two of the major thermal power plants in the state, Korba and Sipat.

The state has rich coal reserves and this is the main reason for cost-effective power generation in the state.

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