Refuting the allegation that he did not take any decisions, chief minister Prithviraj Chavan asserted in the state legislature that his decision-making would change the face of the metropolis.
“I prefer not to take decisions that benefit individuals. This upsets individuals, who then give me a bad name. But I have not hesitated to take any decisions, which expedite development. For example, I have revived many dead projects, especially in Mumbai, and I am sure that they will go a long way in changing the city’s profile.”
“The Opposition parties have no issues and hence they are resorting to personal attacks [on me]. I am not bothered,” said Chavan.
Chavan said this while replying to a debate on the governor’s address to the joint sitting of legislature. The governor’s speech is seen as a policy statement of the government. Opposition leader in assembly Eknath Khadse had ridiculed Chavan for his alleged inefficiency and indecisiveness.
In his reply, Chavan listed out decisions related to forming new development rules for Mumbai, getting clearance for Navi Mumbai airport, transport facilities such as the metro and monorails, change in coastal regulation zone and reservation of 20% flats in a private housing projects of the size more than 2,000 sqm.
“Many decisions were pending for years. I made efforts to revive these schemes and put them on the fast track because they will change the city and make citizens’ lives more comfortable,” said Chavan.
Chavan said the state will have a power surplus by December 2012. “Two main power plants at Khaparkheda and Bhusaval will start generating 500 mega watts (MW) each. In addition, 73 hydro-electric plants will generate another 500 MW. The total power generated will be 1500 MW,” he added.
He held an hour-long meeting with industrialist Ratan Tata on the issue.
“I did not meet Cyrus Mistry because he has still to take charge of the Tata group,” he added.
Chavan said the state was still a favoured investment destination.
“We have got highest foreign direct investment than any other state including Gujarat. Our FDI is almost 30% of the country total. Gujarat’s is a mere 5%.” The CM said that exports from the state too were encouraging. On the state’s economic position, he said that debt, which the Opposition cites as a major cause of concern, was under control and within the limit prescribed by the Centre. “In fact, we are in a better financial position.”