Published On : Sat, Jan 18th, 2014

Slow decision making by Chavan will hamper poll prospect : Praful Patel

Surat-Paradip proj a chance to develop CNG corridor


Nagpur News: Senior NCP leader and Union Heavy Industries Minister Praful Patel on Saturday criticized Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan over “slow decision-making” saying this delay is adversely affecting prospects of the ruling alliance in forthcoming elections.  He was speaking at  Meet the Press organised by NUWJ, Nagpur.

Patel’s criticism of Chavan came close on the heels of senior NCP leader and deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar taking on the Chief Minister at a recently held Cabinet meeting over pendancy of files on key projects.

“…It was unfortunate that remaining portion of the Sea Link project is the victim of no decision. The remaining portion of the sea-link (in Mumbai) is incomplete because of slow decision making by the Chief Minister,” Patel said on the sidelines of the 2nd edition of “Advantage Vidarbha” summit here.

Patel said around 22,000 houses in Mumbai meant for the poor were ready but they are lying unoccupied due to delay in their allotment.

“Slow decisions and (taking) no decisions will hamper the prospects of the Congress-NCP in the forthcoming polls,” Patel said.

The Union Minister, who represents Bhandara-Gondiya Lok Sabha constituency in Vidarbha region, said new industries will not be attracted to set the shop until current power tariff is revised.

On Chavan’s decision to notify new subsidized power tariff two days back, Patel said, “Let us hope some wisdom will prevail.”

Surat-Paradip proj a chance to develop CNG corridor

GAIL’s proposed 1,540 km long Surat- Paradip natural gas pipline project, which will pass through Vidarbha, will be of immense benefit to the gas Consumers in the region, Heavy Industries Praful Patel Minister said today.

“The domestic gas consumers will be benefited, as CNG is cheaper than LNG and can be supplied through pipelines,” Patel said on the sidelines of the 2nd edition of ‘Advantage Vidarbha’ summit here.

The pipeline will pass through Dhule, Jalgaon, Akola, Amravati, Nagpur, Bhandara, Durg, Bhilai and Raipur, the GAIL Chairman and Managing Director, B C Tripathi, has said in a letter to Patel.

The pipeline will fulfil the natural gas demand of various districts and regions in Gujarat, Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh and Odisha, Patel said.

“The pipeline runs close to the national highways and provides an opportunity for developing a CNG corridor for the vehicular traffic plying along the 750 km route,” he said.

The fuel needs of this corridor can be serviced through requisite spur line connectivity.

He said the GAIL was examining a proposal of re-routing the trunk line along Wardha, Nagpur, Gondia and Raipur in proximity of railway network for covering the industrial areas and also to bypass the naxal-affected areas in Chhattisgarh.

The 36-inch diameter pipeline will have the capacity to handle 75 mmscmd natural gas along with the four states, GAIL has stated in its letter.

The Gail has recently opened a co-ordination and liaison office in Nagpur for managing ground activities of the pipeline construction.