Rajasthan chief minister Vasundhara Raje on Tuesday said the Hadauti region was on its way to becoming a power hub which would benefit the state, as she inaugurated the newly constructed unit 4 of Chhabra Super Thermal Power Station (CSTPS) in Baran district.
Speaking at the inaugural ceremony of the 250 megawatt (MW) capacity unit 4 of CSTPS at Motipura in Chhabra, Raje said the power station now had four operational power generation units of 250 MW each, and two more super critical power generation units of 660 MW each would be constructed with an estimated expenditure of Rs 7,900 crore.
“With power plants in Baran, Jhalawar and Kota, the Hadauti is moving towards becoming a major power hub in the state,” she said, adding that 850 MW of power generation would be added in next three months in the state.
Raising concern on lack of employment of locals at CSTPS, she said that people from Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Bihar were coming for jobs at the power station and she was not against it, but priority should be given to locals.
“Training can be given to the locals under Livelihood Mission if they lack in education and training,” she said.
Raje also announced a new 24x7 call centre for power supply related problems in Jhalawar and Baran districts from January 1.
The chief minister also accused the previous Congress-led state government of ignoring the power sector and incurring debts of Rs 1 lakh crore.
She said that the work of five years cannot be done in 151 days, but her government has done in such a short time what the previous government could not do in the entire tenure.
Raje also inaugurated Reva Jalpraday drinking water project in Dug (Jhalawar) and Grameen Gaurav Path in Samrai village of Jhalarapatan town of Jhalawar earlier in the day.
Member of Parliament from Jhalawar-Baran, Dushyant Singh, state agriculture minister Prabhulal Saini, minister of state for power Pushpendra Singh and other BJP leaders accompanied Raje during her Hadauti visit on Tuesday.
Raje also announced for construction of Devrighata bypass in Jhalawar with expenditure of Rs 164 crore, high-level bridges on Kali Sindh, Ujar and Aahu rivers in Jhalawar, free electricity connections to 11,200 BPL families in Jhalawar with Rs 6.15 crore and several other works.
Vasundhara Raje accused the opposition of misleading people for political benefits.
She dismissed incorrect reports that stated the state government was scrapping ‘interest-free cooperative’ and ‘free drug scheme’.
She said her government will continue interest-free crop loan scheme this year, and the budget for drug scheme has also been increased from Rs 255 crore to Rs 298 crore.