Deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar on Monday accused the Shiv Sena of ‘misleading’ people from the coastal Konkan region on the proposed Jaitapur nuclear power project.
“Investment to the tune of Rs1 lakh crore is being made in the Jaitapur nuclear power project. However, the party is misleading people to oppose the project,” Pawar said without naming Shiv Sena, which is reportedly opposing the project.
Pawar, who also holds the finance portfolio, was replying during the debate in Legislative Council on the Budget (2013-14) presented on March 20.
Shiv Sena is opposing the 9900-megawatt (MW) project alleging that it poses serious threat to the ecologically- sensitive Konkan region and against the interest of people.
Refuting allegations that the state is on the brink of bankruptcy, Pawar said: “The upper ceiling to borrow from Centre is Rs48,603 crore. However, we are borrowing only Rs24,324 crore from the government,” he told the Upper House.
Pawar said a provision of Rs550 crore was made for the Kumbh congregation in Nashik in 2015. He said those who pay power bills regularly will be spared from load-shedding. “The government is trying to find out an alternative in the form of hydro, thermal and solar energy to rein in power deficit,” he said.