Jolt to ‘Make in MP’ mission, two major projects shelved

  • Shahroz Afridi, Hindustan Times, Bhopal
  • Updated: May 26, 2015 19:28 IST

In a severe jolt to Shivraj Singh Chouhan government, which has undertaken “Make in MP” mission on the lines of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s “Make in India” campaign, two ambitious projects in Madhya Pradesh have been shelved at a time when stage was set for their execution.

The world’s largest 750 MW solar power plant project planned in Rewa district had to be shelved due to objection raised by the Union ministry of economic affairs on the project.

While the BJP government in the state was still grappling to overcome the setback, Dhirubhai Ambani Memorial Trust sent a missive to the state administration informing it about the trust’s decision not to open a private university at Acharpura near Bhopal.

The agreement was signed at the Global Investors’ Summit of the state government and was acclaimed as a major step towards developing Bhopal as an “education hub”.

The world’s largest solar power plant that was scheduled to be installed at Gurh in Rewa district was an ambitious Rs 4,000 crore project funded by the World Bank.

The state government had planned this project in a joint venture with Solar Energy Corporation of India.

But after objections raised by the Union government’s economic affairs ministry, the project is unlikely to see the light of the day. The project was scheduled for inauguration on August 15, 2015.

“The economic affairs ministry has raised some objections over the project,” said energy minister Rajendra Shukla while talking to HT over phone.

Still, the minister was optimistic about the project and said the state government would find a way out and would definitely complete the project.

In another setback to the state’s investment plans, Dhirubhai Ambani Memorial Trust in a written letter to MP government has expressed its inability in developing the university that was to come up at Acharpura in Bhopal.

The trust through its letter to chief secretary has offered to surrender the 110-acre land allocated to it for the purpose and demanded a refund of Rs 9.81 crore from the state government.

Interestingly, the trust in its letter has said that the government could transfer the land to someone else to avoid revenue loss.

“I don’t know the specific reasons for the Ambani trust to withdraw from this project, but definitely the development is unfortunate,” said chief secretary, Anthony de Sa while talking to HT over phone.

The university was announced after the Global Investors’ Summit in 2008. The state government had promptly allotted 110 acres of land for the purpose.

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