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Power sector can learn from Delhi Metro to become effective: Montek

Planning Commission Deputy Chairperson Montek Singh Ahluwalia today said the time has come to take such steps in the countrys power sector by making it more accountable and effective, and in this regard it can look up to Delhi Metro for tight monitoring, and effective inter-ministerial mechanisms for resolving its problems.

New Delhi, May 28 : Planning Commission Deputy Chairperson Montek Singh Ahluwalia today said the time has come to take such steps in the country's power sector by making it more accountable and effective, and in this regard it can look up to Delhi Metro for tight monitoring, and effective inter-ministerial mechanisms for resolving its problems.

"It is perhaps appropriate to cite the Delhi Metro as an example of what can be done if we can establish projects management systems with clear accountability and tight monitoring, and effective inter-ministerial mechanisms for resolving problems. The time has surely come to take similar steps in the power sector in the states," Ahluwalia said at the Conference of Chief Ministers and Power Ministers of States.

Commenting on the need of power in order to achieve nine percent of growth rate, he said: "The target we have set certainty requires a much faster increase in supply of electricity than we have had thus far, and with much less dependence on high cost captive power."

Calling for better rural electrification, Ahluwalia said that the percentage of un-electrified rural households varies from a low of 10 per cent of rural households in Punjab to 80 per cent in Uttar Pradesh, Orissa and West Bengal and as high as 95 per cent in Bihar.

Ahluwalia also said a target of around 78,000 Mega Watt (MW) of an additional capacity in the Eleventh Plan is indeed an appropriate target on the basis of need, which includes elimination of peaking shortages.

However, he added that it is a formidable target in comparison with what have been achieved.

He also suggested that some mechanism of inter-governmental consultation is necessary to accelerate resolution of problems in which the power projects are often held up for want of coal linkages and environmental clearances, which are beyond the purview of the State Governments.

The financial needs of the 11th Plan will be almost four times of the 10th Plan. It is worth recalling that typically expenditure in successive plans is usually around double the previous plan. In the Power sector we need a four-fold expansion, Ahluwalia said.

ANI

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