New Delhi: The Planning Commission today once again did not share Power Minister Sushilkumar Shinde’s optimism that the XIth plan (2007-12) power generation capacity addition target of 77,577 MW could be met.
Planning Commission Member Kirit S Parikh today again raised doubts as to whether the XIth plan power generation capacity addition target could be met.
“... I think ... I could say 40,000 MW is certainly achievable, 60,000 MW is a possible target (but) 77,000 MW looks a bit difficult,” Parikh told reporters at a CII conference.
He said, “We always remain hopeful as far as planned power generation capacity addition targets are concerned. But I could tell you that not many of the planned projects have done financial closures and there are other problems also.”
Shinde has maintained at public meetings and other occasions that the power generation capacity target during the current plan period would be met.
Talking about the cumulative power generation capacity addition during the XIth plan, including captive power projects, Shinde had also said that the country would see an addition of 92,000 MW by 2012.
Earlier last month in Mumbai, Parikh had said, “I might feel that if not 78,700 MW, we might certainly go close to 70,000 MW.”