STAFF REPORTER Mumbai Stung by the criticism from home quarters, the state cabinet on Wednesday decided to increase grants to municipal councils of temple- towns of Trimbakeshwar, Alandi, Jejuri, Pandharpur, Tuljapur, Ramtek and Paithan.
Chief Minister Chavans wife, Satvasheela, had recently commented on the lack of amenities at Pandharpur, where lakhs of people gather for Ashadhi Ekadashi. Grant to Trimbakeshwar has been enhanced from Rs 10 lakh to Rs 50 lakh, while Alandi and Jejuri will now get Rs 65 lakh and Rs 75 lakh respectively against the previous Rs 10 lakh. Pandharpur council will get Rs two crore against the earlier Rs one crore, Tuljapur Rs 1.5 crore against previous Rs 50 lakh and Ramtek Rs 25 lakh from the previous Rs 5 lakh.
Paithan will get Rs 50 lakh from the previous Rs 16.5 lakh.
Development in 125 talukas Human Index Development Mission now in 125 state talukas State Government has decided to implement Human Index Development Mission in 125 select talukas. The decision was taken in todays cabinet meeting. Speaking to reporters afterwards, Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan said the mission was being implemented in 25 talukas of 12 districts and now it had been decided to expand its footprint. The Mission is being implemented since 2006. Now it would cover 125 talukas across the state in the next five years.
Sowing on 2 lakh hectares complete Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan said that the state had received 221 mm of rainfall so far and kharif sowing was completed on 2.18 lakh hectares of land.
Talking to reporters after the weekly cabinet meeting, Chavan said the monsoon had progressed well in Mumbai, Konkan, parts of Western Maharashtra, North Maharashtra, Marathwada and Vidarbha.
There has been no rain in most parts of Marathwada and Vidarbha. The state requires 18.35 lakh quintal seeds and the availability is of 20.57 lakh quintal. It is expected that BT cotton will be sown in 45 lakh hectare.
Meanwhile, the state cabinet also gave a nod to the modernisation of unit 3 of thermal power generation plant in Nashik. An expenditure of Rs 481.46 crore is expected for theproject.
KFW, a German financial institution will provide a loan of Rs 385.17 crore, while the rest of the amount ( Rs 96.29 crore) will be raised by the state government as a share capital.
CMs wife had flayed lack of facilities at Pandharpur
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