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POWER MINISTER AJIT PAWAR PUSHES FOR TIMELY COMPLETION OF POWER PROJECTS

powar-minister-1Maharashtra’s new Power Minister and NCP bigwig Ajit Pawar has begun in right earnest. Ajit Pawar has asked the officials of the state-owned power utilities to do whatever it takes to ensure that the proposed 2,000-mw capacity addition projects come on stream on schedule. New Power Minister Ajit Pawar, known to be a go-getter administrator, asked the officials at a review meeting of the cabinet subcommittee on power to settle all issues that have held up power projects in the public as well as private sector in time bound manner. Officials from the state-owned power utilities pointed out technical problems that have stalled private power projects. The state had signed power purchase agreements with 8 independent power producers for an estimated 12,500 mw in 2005 but only one of these projects had progressed. Chief minister Ashok Chavan, who chaired the meeting, called for a better co-ordination among the power utilities to effectively address major issues like availability of land, funds and equipment.

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