Mumbai/Nagpur: Maharashtra Cabinet on Wednesday approved strengthening and setting up of transmission systems in the state for renewable energy under Centre’s Green Energy Corridor project with an estimated cost of Rs 367 crore.
Out of the estimated cost, 20% equity share will be that of Maharashtra electricity transmission company (Mahatransco).
The Green Energy Corridor has 40% grant from the National Clean energy fund and 40% loan from German Development bank KfW with an interest rate of 2%, Energy Minister Chandrashekhar Bawankule told reporters after the Cabinet meeting.
He said the transmission networks are being set up in Satara, Sangli, Kolhapur, Beed, Ahmednagar, Nashik, Dhule, Sindhudurg and an additional electricity of 2,570 MW would be generated from these eights districts.
Bawankule said the electricity demand of the state is around 17500 MW and Mahagenco’s (State Power Generation Company) generation is about 5500 MW.
“In the next few months, 500 MW thermal plant will start at Chandrapur, 1960 MW generation will take place at three super critical thermal plants in Koradi. Similarly, 250 MW power plant at Parli will also start functioning but it is getting delayed due to water shortage,” he said.
The minister also said the previous government had approved 1500 MW windmill projects without proper policy in place.
“We are regularising most of them because we don’t want projects to go out of the state. Similarly, there are about 2000 MW private power projects sanctioned without Power Purchase Agreement. They are shut and we are working on a policy to revive them,” the minister said.
Bawankule said the cabinet also approved a proposal to provide 150 acres of land in Shilapur village in Nashik for setting up electrical testing lab to the Central Power Research Institute.
Meanwhile, the Cabinet has decided to include 43 cities of the state to implement the Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT) scheme.
The cities include Mumbai, Thane, Kalyan-Dombivali, Mira-Bhayander, Navi Mumbai, Bhiwandi-Nizampur, Vasai-Virar, Ulhasnagar, Ambernath, Badlapur, Pune, Pimpri-Chinchwad, Beed, Nashik, Malegaon, Ahmednagar, Jalgaon, Bhusawal, Solapur, Barshi, Satara, Sangli-Miraj, Kolhapur, Ichalkaranji, Jalna, Auranagabad, Parbhani, Nanded, Akola, Latur, Udgir, Dhule, Chandrapur, Amravati, Achalpur, Panvel, Gondia, Yavatmal, Osmanabad, Nandurbar, Wardha, Hinganghat, Nagpur.
The another decision regarding local body polls, candidates, on the reserved seat, will now have to submit ‘caste certificate’ before the caste validity committee while filing nomination and not the ‘copy of application’ (seeking caste certificate) as proof.
Candidates only filing copy of application before the committee at the time of filing nomination will be considered as bogus and will be debarred from contesting polls for six years.