Thursday, June 23, 2011

DNA, Why can't Maharashtra emulate Gujarat on develepment issues, asks Sharad Pawar

Union agriculture minister Sharad Pawar had a word of appreciation for the development model in Gujarat where he said the ruling party, the opposition as well as the media come together to take the state forward.
"On the issues of development the ruling party, the opposition and the media in Gujarat join hands to ensure that various projects come to the state. Why this does not happen in Maharashtra?," he asked in an informal interaction with media persons here last night.
Pawar was responding to the queries about Opposition in some quarters to the Jaitapur nuclear power project in Ratnagiri in Maharashtra on environmental grounds.
"Similar objections were raised when Enron power plant was set up saying that it would damage horticulture in Konkan. Nothing of the sort happened," Pawar said adding that Maharashtra suffered from deficit in power supply and needed additional power plants to progress on the industrial front and generation of employment.
"If every project in the state is opposed, how would it develop?," he asked.

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