A day after state cabinet members from Aurangabad and Vidarbha accused the government of a disparity in budgetary allocation, legislators from the Opposition attacked the government over the Infrastructure-2 project sanctioned on Wednesday. They claimed that the project would be beneficial only to western Maharashtra.
BJP legislator Devendra Fadnavis said that the project, which aims to upgrade the power field and is estimated to cost Rs6,500 crore, has inadequate provision for districts in Vidarbha. Fadnavis added that more than half the estimated cost is proposed to be used for Baramati, the constituency of the Pawar family, and western Maharashtra.Further, legislators from Vidarbha also targeted the government for lacklustre development of the region.
During meetings with chief minister Prithviraj Chavan at the Sahyadri Guest house on Thursday, MLAs from Amravati and Nagpur division expressed discontent over inadequate time allotted to them to discuss their issues. Chavan assured them that their issues would be addressed individually.
Citing the rising pollution in Chandrapur, legislators demanded the pollution-causing industrial units also be shifted outside the district. Demands to reduce the price of electricity and bring them at par with the rates of neighbouring districts of Madhya Pradesh and Chhatisgarh were also put forth. “Industries are shifting out to neighbouring states, as the electricity in Maharashtra is higher by Rs3 a unit,” said Sudhir Mungantiwar, BJP state unit president.
Legislators also criticised the administration for its failure in containing farmers suicides rate in Vidarbha.