MADHYA PRADESH NEWS

FPJ BureauUpdated: Sunday, June 02, 2019, 08:30 AM IST
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MP allowed to install 5 gates on Maheshwar project

FROM OUR DELHI BUREAU NEW DELHI: The Environment and Forests Ministry has relaxed it stop work in vogue since April last year and allowed installation of five spillway gates for

the 400 Megawatt Maheshwar Hydroelectric Project in Madhya Pradesh.

These gates, however, shall not be lowered until satisfactory completion of R& R ( Rehabilitation and Resettlement) of the oustees and its review by the ministry, says a ministry communication dated May 19 to the Madhya Pradesh Government.

It, however, made it clear that filling up of the reservoir up to 154 metres for the project will be considered after the R& R work has been completed. It said the stop work order has been lifted in view of the Central Water Commissions May 4 report that the coffer dam may be washed away and impact the main dam in the approaching monsoon if the remaining gates are not allowed to be installed.

The state government had sought permission to install seven gates but the ministry order limits them to only six.

World Bank invites Chouhan to Washington

Bhopal: World Bank Managing Director Ngozi Okonjo Iweala has invited the state Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan to WBs headquarters in Washington to share the experience of development schemes implemented for women and children in the state. Inviting Chouhan, WB has underlined its intention to expand engagement in a wide range of sectors in Madhya Pradesh, according to a letter written to the Chief Minister by Iweala. The WB wants to hear MPs development experience, especially regarding development of women and children, the letter said. The WB holds that these innovations and learning needs to be spread, it added.

In the letter, the WB MD had mentioned her experience of a field visit to MPs Raisen district and lauded the welfare schemes being run there, a government statement said.

Iweala has also appreciated Chouhans vision to end malnourishment among children and empower women, it added. A WB delegation led by Iweala had called on Chouhan on May 15 and praised the state governments beneficiary schemes. Former Nigerian Finance and Foreign Minister Iweala had said that Madhya Pradesh governments public services guarantee scheme was a major step to promote good governance. Right now, a slew of beneficial schemes- Ladli Laxmi, Mukhya Mantri Kanyadan, Gaon Ki Beti, Janani Suraksha, besides reservation for women in pachayats and civic bodies, were being implemented with the co- operation of community in Madhya Pradesh, the government release said.

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