‘Water availability, industrial dev thrust areas’
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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.


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

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