The Madhya Pradesh government has admitted it can manage only 2,500 Mw of power in two years against the projected 25,000 Mw expected few years ago.
The state would be able to add 1,859 Mw of power this year, but this would include central sector and other projects. “MP would add its own capacity of 1,200 Mw of which 600 Mw will be able from March 2013 from Shri Singaji Thermal power project,” said a government official.
Another extension project, the 500 Mw Satpura thermal project is expected to start functioning.
However, the state would get only 250 Mw from the project by December this year.
“MP is also expecting second unit of 3X 660 Seeput project of National Thermal Power Project this year. The second unit would share 94 Mw of power to state and a third unit that is expected to start by August 2012 would share an equal amount,” said the official.
Around 60 power generation companies that had queued up for investment to generate 25,000 Mw of power failed to take-off in absence of land allotment, water shortage and non-availability of coal, the official revealed.
Another project of the NTPC in Nagpur would start its second unit by December this year and it would share at least 250 Mw of power to state.
“A private power project promoted by Jaypee Associates in Bina (Sagar district) would start functioning this year and would supply 350 Mw of power by 2012-13; similarly, another private power company BLA power would start generating 45 Mw in Gadarwara (Narsinghpur district) this year and would supply 16 Mw to state.”
Further, non-conventional energy sources are expected to add 120 Mw of power to the state this year.