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Maharashtra power woes to end soon: Deshmukh

Maharashtra Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh has said that the states power woes will end soon.

New Delhi, May 12 : Maharashtra Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh has said that the state's power woes will end soon.

Speaking to reporters after attending a Maharashtra power crisis review meeting that was chaired by Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh, Deshmukh said that by December 2007, the state would get an additional 2,600 MW of power.

"The total outcome of the projects we are working on will facilitate 2600 Mega Watt of additional electricity by 2007-2008. It will give us relief from the current crisis," Deshmukh said.

He also said that the Dabhol power plant would generate 2100 MW by November this year.

"From the Dhabol plant, we will get 2100 MW of electricity byovember 2007. We got an assurance of gas supply. We had the assurance for 1400 MW but after the meeting, we got an assurance for more than 700 MW. This is our achievement," he added.

The gas-based Dabhol power project, located on the Arabian Sea coast, approximately 180 kilometers south of Mumbai, is generating 740 MW from the only unit operational since it resumed operations in May 2006 after lying idle for over five years.

Set up by the Enron Corporation until it went bankrupt in 2001, the plant has been renamed as the Ratnagiri Gas and Power Pvt Ltd, and is owned by a consortium of companies and financial agencies, including the Gas Authority of India Limited (GAIL).

The plant, when finished, would be worth 2.8 billion dollars, and will produce over 2,400 MW of power.

Maharashtra, which once had surplus power, is facing an energy deficit of about 20 percent, as demand has risen by about seven percent annually.

Last month, the State was rocked by 72 incidents of mass agitation, ransacking and arson targeting utility infrastructure, as many villages faced loadshedding of up to 14 hours, with shortage of atleast 1,700 million units.


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