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Much to celebrate this year, says Chavan

In his speech on the 64th Independence Day on Sunday, Chief Minister Ashok Chavan said that his government was taking steps to develop the state on par with global standards.

mumbai Updated: Aug 16, 2010 01:32 IST

In his speech on the 64th Independence Day on Sunday, Chief Minister Ashok Chavan said that his government was taking steps to develop the state on par with global standards.

Taking a dig at the Opposition, he said that instead of engaging in religious, caste and language controversies, the state will focus on good governance and development. He said there was much to celebrate this year. The state had proved itself to be the most preferred destination for foreign investors time and again. Also despite initial water problems, the state’s dams were nearly 60-65 per cent full indicating a good year for agriculturists.

For the city, Chavan has promised a more planned development. The government is looking at preparing a concept plan for the city that will envision Mumbai in the next 25 and then 40 years, by 2052.

The state has commissioned a Singapore firm, Surbana, for the same. The Chief Minister emphasised that his government will focus on creation of affordable housing for the middle income and poor households. The state has planned to create 10 lakh houses for poor.

For middle-income professionals, who have been hit by the skyrocketing realty rates, the government is looking to create a land bank for affordable housing. Chavan said the departments had prepared a vision document to chart future goals and ways to achieve it, he added. This included a policy for investors to develop ports and jettys.

The government expects an investment of Rs 22,000 crore up to 2015 and this is expected to transform the state’s 720-km coastline. The state is hoping to add to its power capacity by another 10,000 MW in the next couple of years. Chavan said the state would aim to be free of load shedding and power reliant by 2012.

He said industrialists and businessmen will benefit immensely by the Mumbai-Delhi Industrial corridor.