Govt approves four more UMPPs

The Government approved setting up of four additional Ultra Mega Power Projects (UMPP). These will be in the states of Orissa, Chhattisgarh, Tamil Nadu and Gujarat to meet the power demand. The government had earlier approved nine UMPPs, of which three are under execution. The government further received requests from Chhattisgarh, Orissa, Gujarat and Tamil Nadu for UMPPs to meet the power shortages, thereby bringing the number of UMPPs to 13.

These 13 UMPPs will come up during the eleventh Plan period. The approval process for UMPPs would be initiated shortly to ensure that the shortage of nearly 30,000 MW of power is addressed. In view of the shortages of power equipment, the government recently placed orders to various equipment manufacturers for putting up power projects of capacities totalling 73,000 MW. Nearly 11,000 MW of capacities would be added through captive power plants in addition to the targeted capacity expansion of 78,577 MW in the 11th Plan Period. Therefore, approximately 89,000 MW of electricity capacities would be added by year 2012.

The current installed capacity of the power sector is estimated at 1,43,000 MW. But by 2012 the government plans not only increase but also ensure 1 MW of power supply to each village in the country. The government has also granted a subsidy of 90-100 per cent for rural electrification.

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