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Old February 3rd, 2011, 04:14 PM   #101
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Aurangabad to host national e-Governance conference

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MUMBAI: The historic city of Aurangabad in Marathwada region of Maharashtra would play host to the 14th National Conference on e-Governance on February 10-11. The two-day conference to be attended by government officials and experts would be held at the CIDCO Natyagruha Auditorium.

Maharashtra already has an Information Technology (IT) policy in place and if the Cabinet clears the e-governance policy by that time, it would be released in Aurangabad. “The achievements of Maharashtra in IT and e-governance would be showcased during the conference,” Dr Nitin Kareer, secretary, IT, told a news conference at Mantralaya, the state secretariat here.

Governor K Sankaranarayanan would inaugurate the conference in presence of union minister of state for IT Sachin Pilot, chief minister Prithviraj Chavan, union minister of state for planning and parliamentary affairs V Narayanswamy, union human resource development minister Kapil Sibal among others.

Some of the key sessions include: rural e-service delivery, e-governance in promoting rural entrepreneurship, enabling e-panchayats and ICT in agriculture.

Pilot e-dist project to go live
The pilot e-district project, which aims to ensure online delivery of high volume services by district administration and undertake backend computerization, is shortly going live in five districts of Maharashtra. The districts are Latur, Pune, Nagpur, Nanded and Sindhudurg. The pilot include 10 services being offered by district collectorates including birth certificiate, death certificate, age, nationality, domicile certificate.

Biometric system in all offices with over 25 staff
The biometric attendance system - which has been introduced in Mantralaya,the state secretariat, has received good response. In view of this, chief minister Prithviraj Chavan has directed that by March 2011, any government office with over 25 employees must have biometric attendance system.
Source: http://www.sakaaltimes.com/SakaalTim...4407836382.htm
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Lupin in talks to buy 300 acres from Indiabulls

In what could be the biggest real estate deal based on land size in the year, pharmaceuticals major Lupin Ltd is learnt to be in talks to acquire 300 acres of land near Nashik in a special economic zone (SEZ). According to people close to the development, the company is in final stages of discussions with Indiabulls to acquire the land in the latter’s Sinnar SEZ near Nashik. Lupin is planning to set up an export-based manufacturing facility in the area.
Though it is difficult to pin down the exact value of the land, going by the land being sold in the vicinity of the SEZ, the price of the patch that Lupin wants could be around Rs 300 crore.

An independent real estate consultant told Hindustan Times that it would be worth at least Rs 300 crore but a source said in a guarded note, “In any SEZ there is no outright purchase of land. The price depends on certain infrastructure offered and requirements of the company.

Indiabulls would have to provide certain infrastructure to Lupin and it is only after that the latter will pay the negotiated price. If the deal goes through, Lupin will make payments in more than two tranches.

An email sent to Lupin remained unanswered and repeated requests to respond to a questionnaire from HT did not elicit any response.

However, Indiabulls confirmed the development. “Many companies including Lupin have made preliminary inquiries for setting up their export-based facilities in the Sinnar SEZ. Discussions with a few of these companies are in progress but at this stage nothing has been firmed up and therefore there is nothing else to share by way of information,” said an Indiabulls spokesperson in an emailed response.

Lupin, which saw consolidated net sales of Rs 4,740 crore in 2009-10 has nine manufacturing facilities in India and one in Japan. Currently, Lupin is generating major revenue from advance markets. In 2009-10, 58% of the company’s revenue came from advanced markets, 34% from India and 8% from emerging markets.

Lupin, which exports drug to many countries, recently became the first Asian company to make it to the to top five companies in US generic market in terms of number of prescriptions.
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MUMBAI: Maharashtra will have its first ever automated road test track by April. It is being built by the Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC) to test the skills of 40,000 drivers employed with the corporation. Similar tracks are being planned at RTO offices which could come up in the near future, to enable those applying for new licences take a test without the support of a traffic inspector.

"An automated test track is controlled completely by a computer and there is no human intervention," said MSRTC managing director Deepak Kapoor. He further said that the corporation has acquired four acres on Pune-Nashik road on which 60% construction work for the automated track is over. The entire track will be ready by April end.

"It will test the driving skills in four computerized phases," he said. A driver will have to register his name and other details on a machine following which a voice-activated system will guide him while he takes control of the wheel. He said the computer will provide an error-free report while in a normal road test, one cannot rule out possibility of human errors on part of the inspector. The software for the computers will be ready by this month.
Source: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/c...ow/7422158.cms

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PUNE: The Pune rural police have submitted a proposal to the state government to start a special training school in Baramati to train police officers to counter terrorist activities in the country.

The rural police have claimed that the 'Urban terrorism counter training school' would be the first training school of its kind in the entire country. In Asia there are only two similar training centres. One is located in Israel and another at Dhaka in Bangladesh.

Superintendent of police Pratap Dighavkar (Pune rural) said, "The training given in this school will be at par with the training given to the commandos at the National Security Agency (NSA)." As per the proposal, every year around 200 police officers can be trained in the school. He said that the police have identified 50 acres of land at Barhanpur near Baramati.

"This place was chosen because there is an airstrip in Baramati. In case of any emergency the trained officers can easily be air lifted. We will start work as soon as we get the permission from the government,"

Dighavkar said. The cost of the project will be around Rs 70 crore. "I have discussed the issue in a meeting with the deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar, and the state home minister R R Patil had discussed the issue in a meeting in Mumbai," Dighavkar said.

Against the backdrop of the 26/11 attacks in Mumbai and the German Bakery blast on 13/2 in Pune, there was a need to train the police officers to counter terrorism.

The proposed training school will provide training in anti-terrorism, gathering intelligence, tactical training like ambush, releasing hostages and dealing with hostages.

"The school will also provide training in crisis management, international and domestic terrorism, psychology of terrorism, operational security, hospital response for mass casualty," Dighavkar said.

The training school will be equipped with firing and driving simulators and high tech weapons. There will be a museum of weaponry, too.

"We will also take help from the officials from Israel and Dhaka to train our police officers," Dighavkar said.
Source: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/c...ow/7463770.cms
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Load-shedding at industries to be reduced: Deputy CM

MUMBAI: Load-shedding at industrial plants will be reduced from 16 hrs a week to 8 hrs, said deputy CM and state energy minister Ajit Pawar.

Pawar also said that the government was considering the possibility of providing power at concessional rates to industrial units at night. ''We have asked Ajay Mehta, managing director of MSEDCL, to study the plan and inform us about its feasibility,'' Pawar added. ndustries will suffer less this summer as the state government plans to reduce load-shedding from the current 16 hours a week to eight hours a week, said Ajit Pawar, deputy chief minister incharge of energy.

Pawar said the government was also considering reviving its policy of providing electricity at a concessional rate to industries for night use. "We have asked Ajay Mehta to study the issue and inform about its feasibility,'' said Pawar. Mehta is the managing director, Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MSEDCL).

From 1992 when there was zero load-shedding across the state, the exponential growth in demand for power and inability to add capacity resulted in load-shedding from one hour in 1993 to 6-12 hours in 2010.

MSEDCL is expecting to get 4,200 MW additional power by April from Jinal power plant, Dabhol Parli-Paras and Khapari-Bhusaval plants. Another 1,000 MW will be procured by MSEDCL from the open market.

These include 300 MW from Jindal power plant. Dabhol Parli-Paras and Khapari-Bhusaval plants will add an additional 500 MW and NTPC's Korba plant will provide another 150 MW. Another 1,000 MW will be procured by MSEDCL from the open market.

Also the company would have put in place a feeder separation programme for the agriculture sector so that the 30 lakh agricultural pumps which draw 3,500 MW power will not do so during peak hours.

Read more: Load-shedding at industries to be reduced: Deputy CM - The Times of India http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/c...#ixzz1EtIcDaPn
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New industrial policy in state in the offing

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MUMBAI: With an intention to take development to the under-developed areas, the Maharashtra government would soon come out with its new industries policy - which is expected to have specific details on mega projects and special economic zones. Comprehensive changes would be made in the existing policy.

The proposed industrial policy was discussed at the weekly cabinet meeting on Wednesday, presided over by Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan. In the next few cabinet meetings, the policy would be further discussed - before the draft is ready.

Once it is approved by the cabinet, the draft policy would be put up on the website of the Maharashtra government and suggestions and objections would be invited.

Asked about the proposed SEZ project of Videocon near Navi Mumbai, which is yet to kick off, Chavan said: “I would ask for details. At this stage, I would not like to comment anything.”

When pointed out about the recent decision to denotify the SEZ proposed by Reliance, he said: “This specific issue was not in the agenda of the meeting.”

Chavan said: “The meeting deliberated on how to initiated development in the areas which are not properly developed. What concessions are to be given, how more jobs have to be created.”

It proposes to increase the investment and employment limits which make industries eligible to avail benefits like stamp duty waiver, electricity duty waiver, concessions in VAT and so on under the mega project policy.

“The State government had announced its industrial policy in 2006 which will lapse on March 31 this year and since five years have passed and industrial scenario in the state changed drastically, a need was felt to take a comprehensive review of the policy, and come out with necessary changes,” Chavan pointed out.

He said new industrial policy will aim at attracting industry in the underdeveloped parts of the state and reduce the congestion or demand for land in developed districts like Mumbai, Pune, Thane, Nashik, etc.

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The new policy will also try to address the issues like land acquisition, equitable water distribution for industry and agriculture, employment creation and where and how many SEZ should come up in the state.
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Villagers continue to agitate over proposed Jaitapur nuke power project
2011-02-27 12:10:00

Even as Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan continues to assure the people of Jaitapur that their farmlands won't be forcefully acquired for a 9,900 megawatt nuclear power project, the minds of protestors have not changed on the issue.

Villagers have been growing vegetables and even alphonsos on the land described as barren by the environmental impact report leading to stiff opposition.

Scores of meetings are being held in the region by political heads, but villagers are still unconvinced.

Chavan, in fact, has been forced to visit Jaitapur to appease and convince the angry and disillusioned villagers.

Fishermen too are up in arms about the possibility of their land also being acquired. They also fear that the proposed nuclear plant will destroy the marine ecology of the area.

While the debate in government circles in Mumbai and Delhi centers around the viability and energy requirement from the project, villagers in Jaitapur feel their basic need for survival is being ignored.

Addressing a public rally near Jaitapur, Chavan said outstanding issues regarding adequate compensation would be amicably resolved.

"I, chief minister of Maharashtra, wouldn't allow forceful acquisition of your land without your approval. We will discuss the issues here. I request you to tell your grievances. Some foreign powers don't want development of India. But India will progress. We will make India a superpower with the help of youth and farmers," said Chavan.

The project, which would be built in collaboration with French firm Areva, has run into rough weather as protesters have argued that it would harm the local environment and put people at risk. (ANI
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State didn't use 58% funds for urban poor
Madhavi Rajadhyaksha,TNN,Feb 27, 2011, 07.13am IST

MUMBAI: Maharashtra is home to the largest number of urban poor in the country but Rs 817.63 crore meant to provide basic amenities to them lies unused. Latest figures released by Kumari Selja, the Union minister for housing and urban poverty alleviation, show that the state has utilized only 42 % of the funds released by the Centre under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM)'s sub-mission for the urban poor.

Maharashtra has 1.46 crore people who are identified as 'urban poor' and accordingly received the largest share of funds from the Centre under the Basic Services for Urban Poor (BSUP) sub-mission - a total of Rs 1,409.69 crore till date. JNNURM projects work in select cities and are based on a shared model of funding between the Centre, state and civic bodies.

The BSUP mission is meant to provide the urban poor with improved housing, water supply and sanitation, and ensure that they receive other universal services such as education, health and social security.

Among the poor performers, Maharashtra's utilization lags behind that of Uttar Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Chhattisgarh. , where governments have used 46%, 46% and 44% of the central funds, respectively. Punjab and Goa are among the worst performers (see box).

Ministry officials said the reasons for under-utilization by states ranged from slow progress of projects, non-furnishing of project proposals for sanction to lack of litigation-free land.

Commenting on Maharashtra's poor showing, Amita Bhide, chairperson, centre for urban governance and planning at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, said the problem lay in the fact that the state government interprets basic services to the poor mostly in terms of slum rehabilitation. "Within that too, there are no projects for improvement of slums, but largely only for relocation of slum-dwellers to far-flung areas. While the goals are ambitious, they are not in keeping with people's needs,'' she said.

Bhide added that the completion of a project depends on a lot of factors like procuring land, resistance from people who may have to be relocated, building designs and permissions which may explain delays and overall under-utilization of funds.

Simpreet Singh of the National Alliance of People's Movement points out that ironically, the Maharashtra government often uses the lack of funds as an excuse for not providing affordable houses to the poor in cities. "This shows that the government does not care about the welfare of the poor and is merely interested in using them as votebanks," he says.
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Maharashtra buys Rs 55cr chopper for VIPs

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MUMBAI: The Maharashtra government will own a Sikorsky S76-one of the costliest helicopters-by June.

Currently there are five Sikorsky S76 helicopters owned by private entities in the country. However, this purchase will be the first one by a state government. The Maharashtra government has signed a contract for the purchase of the S-76C++ prototype for VIP movement, said a Sikorsky spokesperson on Monday.

The helicopter, which will cost the government about Rs 55 crore ($12.2m), has seating for 12, the official added. DB Realty's Eon Aviation, Futura Travels, Hiranandani Aviation own this helicopter, while Reliance Commercial Dealers owns two of them. "The state government has chosen the S-76C++ helicopter after open and rigorous competition," said Air Vice Marshal (retired) Arvind Walia, Sikorsky's managing director for South Asia.

He added, "This aircraft is recognized for its safety, performance, efficiency and comfort. We look forward to delivering this aircraft before the end of the year."

The S-76C++ helicopter's features include an inlet barrier filter to protect the engine against erosion and a quiet main gearbox that significantly reduces noise levels inside the chopper.

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In the wake of Japan's nuclear plants being at risk due to the earthquake and tsunami that struck the country, Maharashtra government today said it would go ahead with the controversial Jaitapur nuclear power plant with additional safety measures if necessary.

Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar, who also holds the energy portfolio, said in the Legislative Council today that in the wake of the crisis at the tsunami-hit nuclear plant in Japan, all additional security measures would be taken.

"After Japan incident, the Prime Minister himself has assured to review all the atomic power plants across the country. Also, Chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission Dr S Banerjee has said that the crisis in Japan would be studied and appropriate changes would be made to new plants here," Pawar said.

All the security measures would be implemented to ensure the safety of local people, he said. Pawar also said that Japan falls under seismic zone nine, while Jaitapur falls under zone three, which has much less risk of earthquake.

The crisis in Japan was due to tsunami and not because of earthquake, Pawar said, adding that on an average tsunami wave can be 25 to 30 feet high while the Jaitapur plant would be situated 75-feet above the sea level.

Pawar also cited the examples of nuclear plants at Kakrapara in Gujarat and Kalpakam in Tamil Nadu where no harm was caused to the local population despite an earthquake and a tsunami respectively.

"Doing politics (over the project) is not right...One should think of the state's progress in the long run. It is difficult to increase industries without being self-sufficient in power," he said.

As to the compensation for project-affected people, Pawar said the proposal for increase in compensation was awaiting the Chief Minister's approval.

"Considering that total investment in the Jaitapur project is of Rs 1 lakh crore, compensation amount has been increased from Rs 60,000 per acre to some lakh rupees ... The proposal is before the Chief Minister for approval."
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Mahagenco to invest Rs 50k cr to double gen capacity over 5 yrs

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The Maharashtra State Power Generation Company (Mahagenco) plans to invest around Rs 50,000 crore over the next 5 years to double its generation capacity to around 20,000 MW.

Currently, Mahagenco has an installed capacity of over 10,000 MW with 6,800 MW thermal, around 2,500 MW hydro and over 850 MW gas-based power.

"We have chalked-out a plan for the next five years to double our generation capacity. We plan to invest around Rs 50,000-crore to augment capacity," a senior company official, who did not wish to be named, told PTI here today.

The company plans to add nearly 10,560 MW through joint ventures and the public-private partnership model, the official said.

Last year, Mahagenco signed a joint venture agreement with Bharat Heavy Electricals (BHEL) to set up 2x660 MW super critical power plant or 1,500 MW gas-based combined cycle power plant at Latur.

"We have also proposed to set up five thermal power projects -- one each in Ratnagiri (Dhopave), Dhule (Dondaicha), Gondia and two in Chandrapur district through the PPP model," the official said.

The company plans to install 3x660 MW units at Dhopawe, 5x660 MW at Dondaicha, 2x660 MW in Gondia and two 2x660 MW plants in Chandrapur district.

On its fund-raising plans, the official said, "We will raise the money through borrowings from Rural Electrification Corporation, Power Finance Corporation and also through bank lendings."
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Zero interest loans for Maharashtra farmers

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In his maiden budget as Finance Minister, Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar today proposed a scheme to make available crop loans to farmers at reduced rate of interest.

Farmers who repay their crop loan within the stipulated period will get loan up to Rs 50,000 at zero rate of interest and will get loan above Rs 50,000 and upto Rs 3 lakh at 2% rate of interest, Pawar informed the Assembly.

For payment of interest subsidy under this scheme a provision of Rs 84.28 crore is proposed for the year 2011-12. To make available fertilisers on time to the farmers, the state government is implementing since last three years scheme of maintaining buffer stock of fertilisers.
This scheme will be continued for next kharif season also. An amount of Rs 51.50 crore has been provided for this scheme.

There are about 31 lakh agricultural pumps in the state and to increase the agricultural income of farmers, subsidy is provided in electricity supplied to the agricultural pumps. A subsidy Rs 2,500 crore is proposed for the year 2011-12 for the scheme, he said.

During the year 2010-11, Mahavitaran would be providing electricity connections to 2,75,000 agricultural pumps. Efforts are being made to reach the stage of 'Electricity Connection on Demand' from April, 2011. To speed up programme of electrification of agricultural pumps and to remove the backlog of electrification of Agricultural pumps, a provision of Rs 80 crore is proposed for the year 2011-12, he said.
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Maharashtra government today cleared the proposal by the state power generation company, MAHAGENCO, to set up a 150 Mw solar energy project in Dhule district.

According to the government, this project would be the largest of its kind in the world.

The state government would have 20% equity in the Dhule solar project as well as in the two other proposed projects of 1 Mw and 4 Mw in Chandrapur, Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan told reporters after the weekly cabinet meeting today.
The three projects would cost a total of Rs 1,987 crore, of which the state government's investment would be Rs 397.40 crore.

Messers KFW, a German financial institution, will provide the remaining funds.

Chavan stated the 'photovoltaic solar energy project' at Shivajinagar in Sakri taluka of Dhule district in North Maharashtra was going be the largest solar power project in the world.

Out of the 150 Mw, 100 Mw of power will be produced through 'cristline' technology, and 50 Mw through 'thin film technology'.

The project will go on stream by March 31 next year.

Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission (MERC) has fixed the rate of solar energy at Rs 17.91 per Mw, however for this project, the rate would be Rs 12 per Mw.
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Asia’s largest solar park inaugurated in Patan

Gujarat has already set up 500 Mw solar power plant. And this plant will be asia's larget power plant. Then, how come Maharashtra's 150 Mw solar power plant will be world largest.

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blame it on maha CM!

and BTW the patan plant construction has started.. it is not completed.. so maybe before it opens fully this may be hold the world's largest solar park tag!
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The Navi Mumbai special economic zone (SEZ), promoted by Reliance Industries Chairman Mukesh Ambani and his close aide, Anand Jain , may finally win government approval with the promoters deciding to split the multi-product zone into five parts. The project has been grounded for close to four years as the promoters were not able to meet the government requirement of contiguity within the composite zone.

The government was concerned that lack of contiguity might lead to revenue leakages as products meant for exports could be smuggled to the local market. SEZs are special enclaves enjoying significant tax concessions on exports. The board of approval, the central body for clearing SEZs, is expected to take up the revised proposal of Navi Mumbai SEZ on May 31. "The board will have to see if the new proposal meets the minimum criteria for setting up the zones," a senior government official told ET.

Chaired by the commerce secretary, the board of approval comprises senior officials from several ministries and departments, such as revenue, agriculture and home. The new proposal says the SEZ will be split into five zones -- a light engineering SEZ spread over 100 hectares, two IT/ITES SEZs spread over 20 hectares and 27 hectares, respectively, a free-trade warehousing zone over 60 hectares and the main multi-product SEZ spread over 1,014 hectares. The developer has also sought approval for units to start operating within the multi-product SEZ.

"Units can be allowed to operate only when the board is satisfied that the zone is sealed tight and there is no possibility of goods going out and coming in through unauthorised routes," the official said. The 1,233.67 hectares Navi Mumbai SEZ was given a formal approval and notified in 2007, but units were not allowed to start operations as the revenue department was not satisfied with the developer's plan of ensuring con-tiguity within the zone, which has a road and railway lines running through it.

"The directions given by the revenue department for building bridges and underpasses to ensure connectivity would have cost the company Rs 350 crore, which it would not have been able to recover," said a source close to the developers. The new proposal of splitting the zone into five parts would bring down the cost of ensuring contiguity to about Rs 50 crore. Last November, the developers had proposed to split the SEZ into three zones. But the proposal was shot down by the revenue department on the ground that two of the three proposed zones did not have contiguity between the processing and non-processing areas.

"A foolproof plan has been submitted this time," said the person quoted above. The board will also take up requests of 53 other developers for more time to set up their projects. These include Parsvnath SEZ, Unitech Realty Projects, Reliance Haryana SEZ and Mahindra & Mahindra. Six developers have decided to surrender their projects citing reasons such as the global economic slowdown and the application of minimum alternate tax (MAT) on SEZs, which they said had made their ventures unviable.
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blame it on maha CM!

and BTW the patan plant construction has started.. it is not completed.. so maybe before it opens fully this may be hold the world's largest solar park tag!
I think it is the second largest in the world.



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NTPC plans wind power plant in Maharashtra

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State-run power generation giant NTPC is setting up its first wind power plant in Maharashtra and has inked a power purchase agreement (PPA) of 39 MW with MSEDCL. The PPA has been recently given the green signal by Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission (MERC).

NTPC is setting up three wind power projects in the country – 75 MW at Chakala (Nandurbar district, Maharashtra), 75 MW at Madurgudda and 100 MW at Guledagudda, both Karnataka.

The Maharashtra project is slated to come up in 2012 end or beginning of 2013 and NTPC has already floated tenders for it. The PPA does not state the precise tariff but it will be as per Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC) rates for wind energy. NTPC had signed a PPA with power distribution companies in Karnataka at Rs 5.30 per unit.

CERC has mandated a 6 % renewable energy purchase obligation (RPO) in 2011 which will increase 1% each year to 15% by 2020. A number of states including Maharashtra have fallen behind in meeting their RPO target and would need to either generate or buy green energy to meet CERC targets.

Meanwhile, state-power generation company Mahagenco has awarded the contract of constructing a 125 MW solar power plant at Sakri (district Dhule) to Lanco and Megha Engineering. Lanco will build a 75 MW crystalline based solar photovoltaic plant and Megha Engineering will set up a 50 MW thin film solar plant.

Mahagenco had made a foray into solar power by setting up 1 MW project at Chandrapur, the first in the state. The price for a unit of electricity for the 1MW plant was set at Rs 15 per unit with the state government contributing Rs 3 per unit and the remaining funded by Indian Renewable Energy Development Authority (IREDA). The utility has also started building a 4 MW solar plant at Chandrapur.

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