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‘We are a power-surplus state’

Talking to Millennium Post, Chhattisgarh Chief Minister  Raman Singh at the global investors meet and exhibition in 2012 said, ‘Chhattisgarh is a developing state and we see immense progress through the investor turn out today.’ The work that our investors have done in the past 12 to 15 years has reached such heights because of the encouragement the state has provided them.’

Talking about the power sector, Singh elucidated, ‘The power supply in Chhattisgarh is non-erratic, skilled manpower is available.  We contribute about 19 per cent to the core sector in the country and by the end of the 12th Five Year Plan we will be accountable for 22 per cent and we owe it to the expansion of steel, aluminum . Our GSDP growth has been a steady double digit in the past three years and was at 11.4 per cent and our agricultural growth has been 6.4 per cent in the last year.’

Talking about the achievements of the state he said, ‘A number of reputed institutes have opened up in the state, such as IIMs, IITs, law universities, we have as many as 55 engineering colleges, 37 polytechnic colleges and several medical colleges. We have skilled manpower and we are providing connectivity to aid any potential transition of these industries into the state.’

Chhattisgarh is a hub of power, Singh emphasised. ‘We are a power-surplus state. The present combined capacity of the state-owned electricity board, NTPC and other players is 15,000 MW and by the end of the 12th Five Year Plan we will be producing additional 30,000 MW,’ he said.

Regarding the mining sector, Singh said, ‘South Eastern Coalfields Limited is doing a 4,000 crores business.

NMDC and Essel Mining Development Corporation hold about  85 per cent of the total shares, a few being with SAIL. The turn over is about Rs 3,500 crores per year.’

 He added,‘We are also working on a Rs 4,000 crore railway corridor on PPP mode. We have received Rs 3,580 crores as investment and we are signing MoUs for the same.’
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