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Centre identifies 3 sites for second UMPP in Gujarat

BS Reporter  |  Mumbai/ Ahmedabad 

In a move that will ease power supply in the state, Gujarat is set to get its second ultra mega power project (UMPP) soon. With the state's first UMPP project coming up at Mundra in Kutch, as many as three locations have been identified by the central government for the development of second UMPP in Gujarat.

"Coastal area of Chhara in Junagadh, Jamnagar and Kandla have been identified as the possible sites for development of second ultra mega power plant in Gujarat," Sushil Kumar Shinde, union minister of power told reporters here in Ahmedabad on Tuesday. Gujarat has already bagged 4,000 Mw UMPP at Mundra, development of which is already in progress.

"Out of the three site, one location will be selected for 4,000 Mw power project. Three UMPPs are coming up in Andhra Pradesh and Gujarat soon will have two such mega power plants as well," he added.

Referring to a pilot project regarding distribution of energy efficient water pumps to farmers, the minister revealed that the government plans provide 20 million such energy efficient pumps to farmers across the country. "The move is aimed at saving power. We are gathering data from various states to implement this scheme, where energy efficient pumps will be offered free of cost to farmer," he added.

"A similar project is being implemented in Gujarat on trial basis. Around 2,400 such pumps have been installed by Gujarat government at four talukas of the state," added Saurabh Patel, minister of state for energy and petrochemicals, Gujarat government.

Under Gujarat government's initiative, farmers are required to pay 33 per cent of the cost, while Centre is mulling distribution of pumps free of cost.

Saurabh Patel also expressed confidence that Gujarat will become a power surpluse state by 2012. "The state will have power requirement of 14,000 Mw by 2012, while we have planned installed capacity of 18,759 Mw", he added.

Gujarat's current installed capacity is 11,011 Mw. The state plans to add 2,102 Mw in 2009-10, 2081 Mw in 2010-11 and 3,465 Mw in 2012.

First Published: Wed, September 30 2009. 00:31 IST