‘Water availability, industrial dev thrust areas’

Last Updated: Saturday, October 22, 2011 - 15:55

New Delhi: Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok
Gehlot on Saturday said the state will focus on increasing
availability of water and industrial development during the
12th Plan period starting next year.

"We have identified the major challenges of balancing the
increasing demand of water, infrastructure development,
industrial development and creation of employment
opportunities before us in the next Plan," he said while
addressing the 56th meeting of the National Development
Council (NDC) here.

The Chief Minister pointed out that the norms assumed for
various components of resources pertaining to the Centre
"should not be applied to developing states such as Rajasthan"
while estimating different sources of states` resources for
financing the 12th Plan.

Commenting on the power scenario in the state, Gehlot
said Rajasthan had considerable potential for power generation
through non-conventional energy sources.

"In this direction, we have planned comprehensive power
evacuation project of Rs 2,700 crore for carrying renewable
energy to load centres and the project proposal has been sent
to Union New and Renewable Energy Ministry," he said.

Noting that cost of supply of electricity in the state
was high due to high cost of transportation of coal, Gehlot
said the "Centre should evolve a mechanism so that the retail
tariffs in all the states are comparable and more or less
similar."

On the density of National Highways in the state, the
Chief Minister said the state had 1.67 km per sq km of such
roads which was less than the national average of 2.15 km.

"Therefore, new national highways should be declared in
Rajasthan... Adequate increase in fund allocation be made for
strengthening and renovation of national highways having less
than two lanes," he said.

PTI



First Published: Saturday, October 22, 2011 - 15:55

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