Mayawati inaugurates power projects worth Rs 6000 crore

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Lucknow, Nov 30 (UNI) Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati today inaugurated and laid foundation stones of mega power projects, costing about Rs 6168 crore.

The Chief Minister inaugurated the second unit of 210 MegaWatt Paricha power project at Jhansi, while laid the foundation stone for 2x250 MW Paricha expansion and 2x250 mw Harduagang (Aligarh) expansion power project. The three projects would cost around Rs 5500 crore. The 500- MW each Paricha and Harduaganj expansion projects would complete by the end of 2009.

She also laid foundation of nine other distribution power projects.

Addressing a select gathering at her official residence here, Ms Mayawati said by this financial year 1250 MW power would be added in the state, while in the 11th plan 10,000 MW power would be additionally generated to end the power crisis in the state.

Earlier on November 21, UP Power Generation Company had signed an MoU with the NTPC for setting up a mega Thermal Power project at Meja in Allahabad district for 2x660 MW plants. The two units are expected to generate power within next 48 months.

The CM said with the target to generate 10,000 MW in the 11th plan would require fund to the tune of Rs 60,000 crore with direct employment of 10,000 people and indirect employement of 30 people.

She said the previous governments in UP had promised several projects for the state but they did nothing,'' The BSP government is really concerned for the state and taken power project on the top priority basis as it is the main component of development'', the CM said.

Other projects of which the foundations stones were laid today included 220 KVA sub-stations at Greater Noida, Noida, Varanasi,Jhansi and 132 KVA sub-station at Shahjahanpur and 33 KVA sub-station at Saharanpur.

UNI

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