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Chattisgarh power project is on, says Energy Minister Shivakumar

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Bengaluru: Energy Minister D.K. Shivakumar on Tuesday clarified that the plan to set up a power generation plant in Chattisgarh was still on but had been delayed as coal block had not been allotted to the State.

Responding to a question by BJP member Sunil Subramani M.P. during question hour in the Legislative Council on Tuesday, Shivakumar said he would not condemn the statement by Raman Singh reportedly made during a public function on Monday as he believed that it was made due to lack of information on the issue.

Shivakumar said he would appreciate the interest taken by former Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa and the then Energy Minister Shobha Karandlaje in initiating the project. However, the State government had not been able to take forward the proposal as it was yet to get a coal block allotted. Shivakumar said he would request the Leader of Opposition in Legislative Council K.S. Eshwarappa to join hands with the government in getting the coal block allotted. “Please fix a date for leading a delegation to the Union Minister concerned and take the lead in convincing the Centre on the need for coal block allotment”, he told Eshwarappa.

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