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Mumbai: The Opposition in Maharashtra Legislature today shouted slogans against Governor K Sankaranarayanan like “Governor go back”, “make Maharashtra toll free” when the Governor delivered his speech to the joint session of both Houses on the first day of the four-day Legislature session.

The protesting members were led by Leader of Opposition in the Legislative Council Vinod Tawde.

In his 40-minute speech, Sankaranarayanan listed achievements of the Prithviraj Chavan-led government in the field of infrastructure, health, e-governance, industrial investment, social sector to uplift lives of poor and down trodden, and steps taken to tide over acute drought situation.

He said 4,484 kms road length out of 2.42 lakh kms has been developed by PWD, Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation and National Highway Authority on Built Operate and Transfer (BOT) basis.

So far, 67 toll plazas have been closed. For bringing uniform policy regarding projections to be implemented under public-private partnership scheme, a PPP toll policy is being considered by the government, he said, adding that the state has been able to attract highest foreign direct investment in the country.

The state has the highest 18 per cent share of investment amounting to Rs 10, 21,633 crore in the total investment involved in industrial proposals filed with the Centre. Out of the 403 mega projects, 114 projects have gone into production, he said.

More than 8.7 crore residents have been enrolled and Aadhar cards have been generated for approximately 8.2 crore residents, which is the highest in the country, he said.

The Governor expressed satisfaction that the state has achieved remarkable success in reducing maternal mortality rate. The rate for country stands at 212 per one lakh live births, while in Maharashtra it is 104.

The Governor said the Centre has recently approved the Colaba-Bandra-SEEPZ metro rail project and the work is expected to start in 2014-15.

He also highlighted the proposed Pune and Nagpur metro projects as achievements in the infrastructure sector.

The state is the first in the country to prevent harassment of debt-ridden farmers and as part of the remedial measures to overcome the situation, a new law has been enacted for effective regulation of transaction of money lending in the state by repealing the old law, he said.

A helpline has also been launched for lodging complaints and grievances with the government regarding money lending transactions, he mentioned.

The President has also accorded assent to the Maharashtra Housing (regulation and development) Bill, which makes the state first in the country to set up a housing regulatory authority to prevent malpractices in the sector.

The state has achieved 100 per cent power availability against its demand. During 2008-09, there were 1,800 sub stations which have now been increased to 2,680. During the last five years, distribution transformers have been increased by 2, 71,766. Electricity consumers have also increased from 1.56 crore to 2.17 crore, the Governor said.

During the last five years, total 60 lakh domestic agriculture, commercial and industrial connections have been given. The state is also leading in the country in agriculture pump energization. So far, 39.19 lakh agriculture pump connections have been given, he said.

Mahagenco has added thermal capacity of 2,000 mw and solar capacity of 130 mw, he said, adding that setting up of power projects in different parts of the state is in full swing.


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