By Surojit Mahalanobis
India’s search for quality power seems destined to be stunted. The power ministry and public sector units are all gaga about thermal power capacity addition year-on-year to the current figure of 53,000 MW. Of this, NTPC’s contribution to capacity is 44,128 MW including the latest dedication of Mouda Super Thermal power project Stage I for 1,000 MW capacity.
With Lanco Infratech’s plant (1200 MW) acquisition, and hoping everything to go as planned, Adanis who have given the nation a 4,800 MW Mundra project, would be the topmost capacity generator among the private players after this and completion of all its plants. Tatas would become the next, followed by Reliance group. Thus capacity of about 20,000 MW plants are under construction. So these capacities cannot be counted as accomplished as yet.
All this sounds good. What does not is the current irreversible fact that there is