TAMIL NADU

Plan to augment karaikal power plant capacity

KARAIKAL, JULY 24. The Pondicherry Government is planning to augment the capacity of the gas power plant at Karaikal from the present 32.5 mw to 58.5 mw and is holding negotiations with the Union Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas for getting the required gas for augmentation, according to Lt. Governor, M.M. Lakhera.

Talking to presspersons after participating in a few functions here today, Mr.Lakhera said that the State would encourage establishment of less power and water consuming industries in the State, particularly in Karaikal region.

Model State

To a question, Mr. Lakhera said that several schemes and projects were in the pipeline and it would take shape only with the co-operation of all sections of society.

``It is my endeavour to make the Union Territory a model State in the country'', he said.

The Lt.Governor said that there was a proposal to make the temple town of Tirunallar near Karaikal an international pilgrimage centre and steps were being taken in this regard. He pointed out that the Karaikal beach had to be developed and said that a private party had come forward to establish an entertainment centre on the beach. Similarly, land for laying the broad gauge railway line between Nagore and Karaikal had been acquired and steps were being taken for the new BG line.

Earlier, Mr.Lakhera on his arrival at Karaikal was felicitated by M.Chandrakasu, Minister for Industries, MLAs and officials. The Lt.Governor addressed the officials at the Civil Station and later visited the Karaikal Ammaiyar temple, Masthan Palli Dargah and Our Lady of Holy Angels Church in Karaikal.

After laying foundation stone for the girls hostel to be built by the Adi Dravidar Welfare department at a cost of Rs.1.50 crores, Mr.Lakhera visited the gas power plant of the Pondicherry Power Corporation, Arasalar river tail-end bed-dam, the growth centre of the Pondicherry Industrial Promotion Development and Investment Corporation and the Karaikal beach.

Stone laid for hostel

The Chief Minister, N.Rangasamy, presiding over the foundation stone laying ceremony for Adi Dravidar Welfare girls hostel, said the Government allocated Rs.23 crores for improvement of schools. He said that the underground drainage would be taken up soon in Karaikal.

M.Chandrakasu, Minister for Industries, A.V.Subramanian, Deputy Speaker of Pondicherry Assembly, V.Mathivanan, Regional Administrator, Karaikal, and a large number of officials participated.

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