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State plans cess to develop places having power units

Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar on Saturday said the government was planning to bring a Bill in the coming Assembly session here to levy a cess of two paise per unit produced on all power projects to collect funds for the development of cities

Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar on Saturday said the government was planning to bring a Bill in the coming Assembly session here to levy a cess of two paise per unit produced on all power projects to collect funds for the development of cities,towns or villages near which the projects are located.

“There is a lot of opposition to power projects coming up in places like Chandrapur. That’s why we feel such places must have some exclusive privilege in terms of developmental fund. The Cabinet will first approve the idea and an ordinance would be brought,” Pawar,also the Power Minister,told mediapersons after his two-day visit to the region. He said the Law Department would be consulted to make sure that the cess is based on sound legal footing.

The Minister also visited Chandrapur and discussed the issue of drenched coal affecting power production in Chandrapur Thermal Power Station. “The 500-MW units there are currently producing only 300 MW. I personally visited a few mines along with Western Coalfields Ltd (WCL) bosses and found that the problem is mainly due to coal extracted from open-cast mines. We can reduce the problem by employing more ropeways to carry the coal directly to the plant. Sheds to shield the coal from rains will also have to be erected,” he said. “WCL and Mahagenco will jointly monitor the coal quality in this regard.”

He said his party felt that the onion export ban should be lifted. “Policies on export of onion,cotton and sugarcane should be similar.”

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He refuted reports that Pune Rural SP Sandeep Karnik was shifted after Rahul Gandhi put pressure on the government.

On Nagpur’s MIHAN project,he said,“We are giving Rs 200 crore before December to resolve issues like second runway and rehab compensation.”

On improving human development indices of the state,he said,“We have sanctioned Rs 425 crore for 125 tahsils. Yashada institute in Pune has been asked to track the indices and calculate them annually.”

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