CHIEF MINISTER Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Monday offered more land to the BHEL if needed for its expansion. He said the State Government would not look to acquiring the surplus land of the PSU.
While addressing the evening function at BHEL, Chouhan, responding to Union Minister Santosh Mohan Deb’s comment that the BHEL having excess land was ‘a rumour’, said that instead of taking land from the company. the State was ready to provide additional land to it.
There has been an ongoing dialogue between the Centre and State Government on transfer of excess land lying with the BHEL. The State wanted to utilise the same. However, calling it a ‘rumour’, the Union
Minister clarified that as the BHEL was on an expansion spree, the excess land would be utilised by the PSU. In response, the CM said the State had only asked for the excess land, if not in use. If the BHEL would like to utilise that land for its expansion, the State would provide more land. “As much land you need, take it from us,” said Chouhan to a huge applause. The CM urged Deb to consider the State’s demands and grant them.