India wants to add 10,000-MW of hydropower by 2017

NEW DELHI, India 4/16/12 (PennWell) -- India's power ministry has set a goal of adding 10,000 MW of hydroelectric power generation within the next five years, sources report.

Hydroelectricity has traditionally faced significant barriers in India due to a combination of environmental, land use and social issues, sources say, although the country's ministry of environment and forests is working to help expedite the commissioning cycle.

It is anticipated that NTPC, which is currently India's largest hydro power producer, will be responsible for much of the planned increase.

NTPC is currently considering a 9,750-MW hydroelectric project on the Brahmaputra River in Arunachal Pradesh.

India's hydroelectric generation capacity is about 39,000 MW, which is about 20% of its estimated installed capacity.

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