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KEEN INTEREST: Electricity Minister Arcot N. Veeraswami looking at latest electrical products displayed at an exhibition in Chennai on Friday. Hukmikchand D. Shah, president, The Madras Electric Trades Association (extreme right), is in the picture.
KEEN INTEREST: Electricity Minister Arcot N. Veeraswami looking at latest electrical products displayed at an exhibition in Chennai on Friday. Hukmikchand D. Shah, president, The Madras Electric Trades Association (extreme right), is in the picture.

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It is also keen to encourage merchant power projects to produce 40,000 MW

CHENNAI: State Electricity Minister N. Veeraswami said the Tamil Nadu government has decided to develop power generation projects in the State to produce 7,000 MW power.

Inaugurating a three-day exclusive electrical trade exposition, ‘Electrica 2008,’ organised by the Madras Electric Trades Association (META) here on Friday, the Minister said the government was also keen to encourage merchant power projects to produce 40,000 MW.

As many as 34 promoters had forwarded their expression of interest and 10 promoters had been accorded clearances to start their project to produce 15,000 MW of power. The remaining 24 promoters would soon be accorded permission to produce 30,000 MW of power. “If all these projects fructify, the Tamil Nadu government will be in a position to export power by 2011 to an extent of 30,000 MW,” Mr.Veeraswami said.

Responding to the list of demands made by META president Hukmichand D. Shah, Mr.Veeraswami said the government would provide all assistance and even offer subsidy to the members of the META for coming forward to set up private power projects in district and taluk headquarters since the government was keen to promote such projects under the new small scale industries policy.

The Minister said he would request the Chief Minister to write to the Prime Minister to restrict foreign direct investment (FDI) in the retail trade, especially import of goods from China. Mr.Veeraswami said he agreed with Mr. Shah, who said that non-quality products would be dumped from other countries. The Minister noted that it was unfortunate that the “cheap goods” were being dumped in the Indian retail market, affecting the indigenous small scale industries manufacturing electrical goods.

Mr. Shah, who presented a memorandum to the Minister listing out the association’s demands, wanted the Tamil Nadu government to adopt a pro-active approach to encourage entrepreneurs to set up a manufacturing facility of electrical goods in Tamil Nadu.

META honorary general secretary Chanchalraj Khimsura, said a total of 87 exhibitors from Mumbai, Delhi, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, Ahmedabad and Bangalore were displaying their latest electrical products spread over in 110 stalls.

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