Private sector plays a dominant role in Gujarat’s electricity generation thereby vouching Narendra Modi’s claim of creating congenial atmosphere for private players to do business in the state. Gujarat is one of the two states (other being Goa) where installed capacity by the private sector far exceeds the public sector. In the state of Goa, there is only one power plant – naphtha fired 48 MW power plant run by Reliance Infra.
Private sector has set up 13,680.2 MW capacity in Gujarat by the end of July 2013 whereas public sector had 9825.59 MW generation capacity in the state. Even in the private sector, only four players dominate the scene, viz., Adani Power (4620 MW), Tata (4000 MW), Essar Power (3225 MW) and Torrent Power (1148 MW).
In recent times major addition to power generation capacity in public sector in Gujarat has come from Gujarat State Electricity Corporation which commissioned its 500 MW sixth unit at Ukai in Surat in March 2013 and 370 MW gas based unit at Utran commissioned in May 2010.
In Maharashtra which is considered to be the most investor friendly state, private sector plays second fiddle to public sector in power generation. In Nitish Kumar’s Bihar, private sector is yet to open its account in power generation.