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The Ma­ha­rash­tra cab­i­net has re­port­edly ap­proved the Rs 2,731 crore BHEL project in Bhan­dara district to pro­duce so­lar photo voltaic cells pro­vid­ing em­ploy­ment to 3,000 people. The com­pany will pro­duce 240 MW so­lar photo voltaic cells and 100 MW photo voltaic mod­ules at its plant in Sakoli in Bhan­dara district, it is in­formed. This will be the Cen­tral govern­ment’s first project in Vidarbha and it can avail sub­si­dies from the Na­tional Clean En­ergy Fund (NCEF). MIDC has pro­vided 480 acre land to BHEL for the project. The BHEL pro­posal, as a ‘mega project’ was first sanc­tioned in Jan­uary 2012 by the high-pow­ered com­mit­tee com­pris­ing chief sec­re­tary, ACS (plan­ning) and ACS (Fi­nance), on con­di­tion that it will utilise the cap­i­tal ex­pen­di­ture in five years, re­pay 20 per cent of the VAT in 15 years, elec­tric­ity duty waiver for 15 years and com­plete stamp duty waiver. Union Min­is­ter for heavy in­dus­tries, Mr Praful Pa­tel, who is also the MP from Bhan­dara, wrote to the state govern­ment that more perks were nec­es­sary to make the project fi­nan­cially vi­able. How­ever, the high-pow­ered com­mit­tee re­fused to grant any more con­ces­sions. In the mean­time, Deputy Chief Min­is­ter, Mr Ajit Pawar re­port­edly asked the high pow­ered com­mit­tee to place the pro­posal be­fore the Cab­i­net.

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