Why can`t Maha emulate Guj on develepment issues, asks Pawar

Union Agriculture minister Sharad Pawar had a word of appreciation for the development model in Gujarat where he said the ruling party, the Opposition as well as the media come together to take the state forward.

Last Updated: Dec 19, 2010, 00:23 AM IST

Pune: Union Agriculture minister Sharad Pawar
had a word of appreciation for the development model in
Gujarat where he said the ruling party, the Opposition as well
as the media come together to take the state forward.

"On the issues of development the ruling party, the
Opposition and the media in Gujarat join hands to ensure that
various projects come to the state. Why this does not happen
in Maharashtra," he asked in an informal interaction with
media persons here last night.

Pawar was responding to the queries about Opposition in
some quarters to the Jaitapur nuclear power project in
Ratnagiri in Maharashtra on environmental grounds.

"Similar objections were raised when Enron power plant
was set up saying that it would damage horticulture in Konkan.
Nothing of the sort happened," Pawar said adding that
Maharashtra suffered from deficit in power supply and needed
additional power plants to progress on the industrial front
and generation of employment.

"If every project in the state is opposed, how would it
develop," he asked.

PTI