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PANAJI: Union Power Minister Sushilkumar Shinde has promised the State the Union Government's support for its plans to mitigate power problems on a long-term basis, including liberal finances from the Power Finance Corporation and under the Rural Electrification Programme, if the State takes the initiative in setting up a 500 MW thermal power generation project.

The Minister, who arrived here on Saturday to dedicate the Goa State Load Dispatch Centre and projects executed under the Accelerated Power Development and Reforms Programme, was addressing members of the Goa Pradesh Congress Committee here.

Taking into consideration the needs of the State's flourishing tourism industry, Mr. Shinde said it was imperative that it planned its power requirements for at least the next 50 years.

To meet its immediate needs, he promised to release 25 MW additional power from the Central grid.

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