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Guj gets highest central assistance in power sector: Solanki

Centre has provided over Rs 35,000 cr to Gujarat as assistance from the Centre, so far highest to any state in power sector, said Union Minister of State for Power Bharat Solanki.

business Updated: Nov 07, 2009 12:10 IST

Centre has provided over Rs 35,000 cr to Gujarat as assistance from the Centre, so far highest to any state in power sector, said Union Minister of State for Power Bharat Solanki.

"Power Finance Corporation (PFC) has given financial assistance of Rs 17,585 crore for various power projects in the state while Rural Electricity Corporation (REC) has given Rs 13,078 crore," Solanki said.

"Besides this, national power grid is investing Rs 4000 crore in the state to develop infrastructure for transmission of power," Solanki told reporters in Ahmedabad on Saturday.

According to him, all the district of the states are now covered under Rajiv Gandhi Grameen Vidyutikaran Yojna (RGGVY) in Gujarat while the state gets 982 MW power from NTPC power plants at Rs 2 per unit.

Elaborating on the achievements of the power ministry in 2009-10, Solanki said the capacity addition target for 2009-10 is 14507 MW against which, capacity of 5517 MW has already been commissioned by October 21, 2009.

He said the central government has accorded top priority to power sector because availability of adequate power supply will lead to further industrialisation, growth in industry and farm sectors.