New Delhi: After failing to meet the power generation targets of 11th Five Year Plan, the Central government is depending upon the private sector to augment power generation by 50,000 mw in the first two years of the 12th Five Year Plan.

Notably, the Central Power Authority’s target to achieve 1 lakh mw power generation in the 12th Plan has been considered a herculean task by many.

According to sources, the ministry will be unable to achieve the set target as several power generation projects, which have got the approval will only commence from next plan onwards. These projects have been delayed for the fact that the plant and machinery required for the power generation is yet to be installed.

Even the Power Ministry doubts the commencement of these projects which are expected to generate 22000 mw by the next Plan.

The sources also commented that with the ongoing projects the power department will be able to attain only 18000-20000 mw power in the first year of the 12th plan.

However, according to the Ministry’s assessment, under the ongoing projects only 79000 mw of power could be achieved.

Meanwhile, the Ministry is also planning to include the already delayed projects of the 11th Five Year Plan in the first two years of the upcoming plan. For this the Ministry is reviewing the delayed projects to comprehend the reasons of their failures.

The criteria of the selection of delayed project will depend upon the coal blocks and whether they come under ‘Go area’ or `No-go area.’

It has been reviwed in the Ministry’s assessment has also reviewed that nearly 46,000 mw energy will be generated by private sectors, which have already received approvals and recommendations to ensure their smooth sail during the plan.

JPN/Bureau