Mah will become energy surplus state by 2011-12: CM

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Mumbai, Oct 31 (UNI) Maharashtra Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh today said the State will become energy surplus by 2011-12 with help of private sector chipping in and state-owned Mahavitaran alone generating about 7000 mw of electricity.

Talking to reporters at the Sahaydri guest house, where US based chemical company Dow Chemicals International Pvt Ltd signed a MOU with Maharashtra to set up a global R&D centre in Pune, Mr Deshmukh, who completes three years as CM in his second stint tomorrow, said power situation in the state continued to be a cause of concern but steps are being taken to improve it.

The power generation company (Mahavitaran) will start generating about 7,000 MW by 2011-12. Besides, private parties like Tatas, Reliance Energy, Jindal are also setting up power plants, he informed.

Speaking about the state's industrial progress, Mr Deshmukh said in the last two years, 78 mega projects have come up wIth investment of Rs 72,000 crore. As many as 119 SEZs have been sanctioned for Maharashtra. He said he did not have a specific target for industrial growth. ''We work as a professional team and not like government officials. Due to this approach, we have been able to bring a positive impact on the potential investors,''Deshmukh added.

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