Eklahare : A delegation in a memorandum to the Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis during his Nashik tour demanded to start the proposed 660 watt project of Eklahare thermal power station and renewal of old generators.
Two generators of 140 mega watt and three generators of 210 mega watt were started in 1970 and 1980 respectively. Farmers gave their lands considering development due to industrialisation. The thermal power station performed important role regarding industrialisation at Mumbai, Pune and Nashik. Two generators of 140 mega watt were shut on June 30, 2011. Currently, three generators of 210 mega watt are functioning. Their life is coming to an end. No state-of-the-art facilities were adopted to increase their life. It is need of the hour to start 660 mega watt project here.
All things are favourable for proposed 660 mega watt project. Approval was got from study group of headoffice. Long term agreement with MSEDCL was also approved. Defence ministry gave its permission for height of chimney, but Mahagenco demanded to give permission for height of 280 metre. If this difficulty is removed, work of this project will be started immediately.
Employment of locals will remain as it is. People in the area are depend on this thermal power station. Current generators will continue functioning for next 20-25 years after their renewal, the memorandum demands.
The Chief Minister invited this delegation to Mumbai and has organised a special meeting there. District Guardian Minister Girish Mahajan, regional vice president Vasant Gite, Sunil Bagul, MLA Balasaheb Sanap, Laxman Savji, corporator Vishal Sangamnere and others were also present.