Regional (M.P & C.G)

Chouhan founds 1200 MW power project in MP

Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan Thursday laid the foundation of 1,200 MW Singaji Thermal Power Project near Mundi in Khandwa district.

Being established by Madhya Pradesh Power Generating Company the project would comprise of two units of six hundred MW each.

A total of 1,166 hectare-land has been acquired for the project to be built at an estimated cost of Rs. 4053 crore.

Speaking on the occasion the Chouhan said, another one thousand MW capacity project would be set up at Mundi, both the projects would be completed by 2011 and generate 2200 MW electricity.

He added that a sprawling industrial area would soon be developed near Mundi.

Reiterating commitment to fend off prospects of a power crisis, Chouhan said the biased attitude of the central establishment towards Madhya Pradesh was the primary factor responsible for the crisis.

He added that paucity of rains this year had resulted in a steep decline in hydel power generation in the state.

He iterated that hydel power projects should have contributed some 3500-4000 MW to the state’s power pie, but parched conditions had reduced it to a mere 3500-400 MW.

While accusing the Center of discrimination against the State in allotment of coal, leading to fall in thermal power generation, Chouhan said, the state was receiving only 11 lakh metric tones of coal against a demand of 17 lakh metric tones.

The Chief Minister said he would undertake a coal march in Delhi on March 2 to pressurise the central Government to give fair treatment to the State.

He said he along with BJP MPs and MLAs submit a memorandum to the President an seek her intervention in the matter.

He appealed to the people of the State to send postcards to the President and the Prime Minister registering their protest against harming the interests of Madhya Pradesh.

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