Name the chairperson of the High Level Empowered Committee (HLEC) formed by the Government in July 2018, which has released its recommendations for stressed thermal power projects?
Answer with explanationAnswer: Option C
On November 29, 2018, the High Level Empowered Committee (HLEC) chaired by Cabinet Secretary P K Sinha released its recommendations for stressed thermal power projects. This committee was set up by Government of India in July 2018 and aimed at suggesting measures to resolve the challenges faced by the thermal projects. This report focused on 34 thermal power stations, totaling to a capacity of 40 gigawatt (GW), which are entirely fuelled by coal and lignite. The problems arose when after the twelth Five Year Plan, 99 GW capacity of plants were added against a requirement of 88GW which led to overabundance and lower productivity. Other factors included: the debt burden of the distribution utilities and the financial stress and the erratic coal supply.
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