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Chhattisgarh to be prosperous soon, says Raman Singh

Written by: Staff

Shimla, June 5 (UNI) Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh today expressed confidence his state will soon emerge as one of the most prosperous states in the country due to huge deposits of high quality diamonds.

''The state had issued prospecting licences to major international companies like De Beers, Rio Tinto, Milton, Geo Mysore and Jindals, which would commence operations in the next few years,'' he said while talking to a group of mediapersons here.

Mr Singh said this would not only make Chhattisgarh a very rich state, it would also lower the prices of diamonds in the country and make them affordable.

Chhattisgarh had also been rated as number one in the country with the state attracting investments of about Rs 60,000 crore in industrial, power and other sectors.

Commenting upon the power situation in the state, he said that most of the steel plants here had captive power plants and 2,000 MW power was available with the government.

The Chhattisgarh Chief Minister said production of 10,000 MW thermal power and 250 MW hydro power had been targeted for production.

Chhattisgarh had sufficient coal deposits to produce one lakh MW of power for the next 100 years and so the government was focusing on producing thermal power, he said.

Mr Singh said paddy husk, available in huge quantities in the state, was also being mixed with coal for use in power plants.

The state had nearly 44 per cent of its area under forest land and forest produce, including tendu patta, medicinal plants and tamarind, generating a revenue of Rs 800 crore a year besides providing employment to locals, he added.


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