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47 power plants running behind scheduled Tenth Plan

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New Delhi, May 5 (UNI) Indicating an unabated power crunch, as many as 47 power plants, scheduled to extend their capacities for the Tenth Plan period (2002-07) across the country, are running behind time and are unlikely to be commissioned by 2007, an ASSOCHAM study said today.

According to the study, 'Power Situation and its Schedule Completion for 10th Plan', conducted by the Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry in India, the number of plants running behind schedule in northern region and western region is 10 and 16 respectively.

There are eight such plants in the southern region, while eleven and two power plants in the eastern and north-eastern region respectively, are failing to catch the deadline.

''As a result of non-commissioning of the capacity addition of these power plants, the Central Electricity Authority (CEA) has now reduced the capacity addition programme for 10th plan which was earlier fixed at 41,110 MW to 32,778.5 MW, of which so far the actual commissioning to the extent of 14,301.4 MW for the five regions has been accomplished,'' ASSOCHAM President Anil K Agarwal said.

The shortfall as on date works out to be 18,477.1 MW, which suggests that by the end of the Tenth Plan period, the capacity addition of about 10,000 MW will be done and the shortfall will still be over 8,000 MW, ASSOCHAM Secretary General D S Rawat said.

Mr Agarwal said in the northern region, the target for capacity addition in thermal and hydro sector was to the tune of 8881.1 MW against which, capacity addition to the tune of 4,836.1 MW by March 2006 have been done, leaving a shortfall of 3945 MW.

In this region, some of the major projects that are running behind the schedule comprised Tehri I, Vishnuprayag and Maneri in Uttaranchal, Baglihar and Dulhasti in Jammu and Kashmir, Unchahar III in Uttar Pradesh and Girali Lignite and Dholpur CCGT in Rajasthan, Mr Agarwal said.

In the Western region, the target for capacity additions was for 10,448 MW against which only 3253.6 MW was accomplished and the shortfall still remains for 7194.4 MW.

The major projects in the region include Omkareshwar JV in Madhya Pradesh, Ghatghar PSS in Maharashtra, Sipat II in Chattisgarh, Vidyanachal III in Madhya Pradesh and Korba East Extension and Raigarh TPP-I in Chattisgarh.

The target for capacity addition in the Southern region was 6122.6 MW against which, only 3752.8 MW of capacities addition have been done and the shortfall remains to the tune of 2369.8 MW.

Significant among the projects include Kuttiyadi Aug, Kerala, Bhawani Kathlai in Tamil Nadu, Rayalaseema II in Andhra Pradesh and Kaiga u-3 and 4 in Kerala.

In Eastern region, the target of capacity addition was 7075 MW against, which 2330 MW of capacity addition have been accomplished and the shortfall is 4745 MW. The projects that have yet to be commissioned include Teesta STV in Sikkim, Purulia PSS IV in West Bengal, Kahalgoan II in Bihar, Sagardighi 1 and 2, and Bakreshwar 4 and 5 in West Bengal.

In North-Eastern region, the shortfall for capacity addition stands at 122.9 MW as the target of capacity addition was 251.8 MW against which, only 128.9 MW of capacity could be added. Karbi Langpi in Assam and Dimapur DGPP in Nagaland were the two projects in the region whose capacities were to be extended.

Mr Rawat said the study indicates that in the current fiscal only about 10,000 MW of capacities could be expected and the remaining targetted capacities will have to be shifted for commissioning in the Eleventh Plan period.

UNI CS PV KN1601

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