GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
Ministry of Power
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO 1520
TO BE ANSWERED ON 15.12.2008
Slippage in Power Target .
SHRI RAJEEV CHANDRASEKHAR
Will the Minister of POWER be pleased to state:-
(a) whether it is a fact that India`s power targets are expected to slip by at least 20 per cent, over the next four years; and
(b) if so, the steps Government proposes to take to combat power shortages and growing power theft, which are significant bottlenecks to India`s growth plans?
THE MINISTER OF STATE IN THE DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE, MINISTRY OF COMMERCE & INDUSTRY AND MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF POWER
(SHRI JAIRAM RAMESH )
(a): No, Sir.
(b) : The following steps have been initiated to improve overall availability of power as well as to prevent power theft;
(i) Addition of generation capacity of over 78,700 MW in the 11th Plan, out of which projects aggregating 11,322 MW have been commissioned;
(ii) Development of Ultra Mega Power Projects of 4,000 MW capacity each under tariff based competitive bidding route;
(iii) Harnessing surplus captive power into the grid;
(iv) Strengthening and improving of sub-transmission system in the States under Accelerated Power Development and Reforms Programme (APDRP) as a major steps towards reduction of Aggregate Technical and Commercial (AT&C) losses. The AT&C losses which stood at 37.2% on All India level are likely to be reduced to 15% at the end of 11th Plan;
(v) Strengthening of inter-state and inter-regional transmission capacity for optimum utilization of available power; and
(vi) Promoting demand side management, energy efficiency and energy conservation measures.