Maharashtra plans to outdo energy crisis by 2012

A slew of measures including two major thermal power projects and upgrading power transmission facilties are part of the drive

Mumbai: Chasing its ambition to make the state free of load-shedding by 2012, the Maharashtra government has planned to take up two major thermal power projects, extend the Uran Gas Project and upgrade power transmission facilities all over the state.

Finance Minister Sunil Tatkare, tabling the State Budget for 2010-11 in the State Legislature on Thursday, announced that two new thermal power projects will come up — a 1,320 MW project at Dhule and a 1,600 MW in Ratnagiri.

Similarly, the Uran Gas Project will be expanded to make available 4,000 MW power in the next three-four years, of which 1,200 MW will be made available in the next three years.

In addition, two more plants — Parli and Paras with 250 MW capacities each — have started generating power, he said, reports IANS.

"During the next financial year, Khaparkheda will give 500 MW and Bhusawal thermal power plants will provide 1,000 MW power, helping achieve the target of extra 1,500 MW for 2010-11," Tatkare said.

This will be supplemented by an ambitious new Rs 8,750 crore programme to ensure proper transmission of power to be implemented over the next three years, he said.

As part of the programme, 92 new sub-centres shall be constructed to create a transmission capacity of 25,000 MW.

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