No power in Maharashtra cuts from 2012: Governor on R-Day

Claiming that Maharashtra is on its way to wipe out the electricity shortage and achieve self- sufficiency in power generation, Governor K Sankarnarayanan on Wednesday said the state will be free of load shedding by 2012.

Last Updated: Jan 26, 2011, 16:02 PM IST

Mumbai: Claiming that Maharashtra is on
its way to wipe out the electricity shortage and achieve self-
sufficiency in power generation, Governor K Sankarnarayanan
on Wednesday said the state will be free of load shedding by 2012.

After hoisting the tricolour here on the Republic Day,
he said, "I am sure that the state will become load-shedding
free by 2012. It is heartening to note that Mahagenco
(government-run power generation company) is commissioning a
125 MW solar power plant in Dhule."

During the past one year, 500 MW generation capacity
has been installed by Mahagenco, while in the next four
months, another 1000 MW power will be generated once the
Khaparkheda and Bhusawal projects become operational, he said.

Governor said Maharashtra has the largest economy in
the country, accounting for 13 percent of the National
Income.

"The economy of the state has registered an average
growth of 9 percent over the last four years," he said.
Under the `Mega Project Policy` announced in June
2005, 169 Industrial Mega Projects have been approved in the
state with an approximate investment of Rs 1,40,826 crore,
which will create employment opportunities for 2.13 lakh
people, the Governor said.

The state has attracted the highest number of Foreign
Direct Investment proposals in the country. Of the 4175
approved projects, 1665 projects have started production with
an investment of Rs 42,691 crore, he said.

The state has declared 2011 as the Year of Tourism.
The Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation has an
ambitious plan to develop wild life sanctuaries, pilgrimage
places and hill stations to attract tourists, he said.

Regarding education, he said the government is "making
concerted efforts to increase the Gross Enrolment Ratio in
higher education". The government is also contemplating
establishing a Technological University, he added.

Under the `Mega Project Policy` announced in June 2005,
169 Industrial Mega Projects have been approved in the state
with an approximate investment of Rs 1,40,826 crore, which
will create employment opportunities for 2.13 lakh people,
the Governor said.

The state has attracted the highest number of Foreign
Direct Investment proposals in the country. Of the 4175
approved projects, 1665 projects have started production with
an investment of Rs 42,691 crore, he said.

The state has declared 2011 as the Year of Tourism. The
Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation has an ambitious
plan to develop wild life sanctuaries, pilgrimage places and
hill stations to attract tourists, he said.

Regarding education, he said the government is "making
concerted efforts to increase the Gross Enrolment Ratio in
higher education". The government is also contemplating
establishing a Technological University, he added.

Earlier, units of Army, Air Force, Navy, state police
and central paramilitary forces took part in the parade at
Shivaji Park grounds, in the Governor`s presence.

PTI