According to reports, Union Power Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde Sunday said all efforts were being made to reduce Transmission and Distribution (T&D) losses in the country which was facing huge power shortage.
Shinde was here to declare the commercial operation of third 500 MW Unit on attaining full load at NTPC-Simhadri Super Thermal Power Station.
He said India will grow at a fast pace with rapid capacity addition and efforts are being made to reduce T & D losses to curb energy shortages.
The minister said interest of all those giving land for power projects will be protected.
Simhadri project is the first coastal based coal fired thermal power project of NTPC with state-of-the art control and instrumentation systems. With commercial operation of Unit No 3, installed capacity of the station has risen to 1500 MW.
It is the first project in Asia to bag the coveted IPMA Award in 2005 for project implementation.
Southern Region of NTPC has total installed capacity of 4,450 MW and ongoing projects of 2,500 MW. The region has new projects of 10,370 MW and 145 MW renewable projects in pipeline.
NTPC is the largest power utility of the country with an installed capacity of 34,854 MW.