Central Power Research Institute electrical lab in the offing in district

The Central Power Research Institute (CPRI), the public sector laboratory in electrical research, has zeroed in on a 150-acre land nearShilapur, Nashiktaluka and is finalising plans to set up its laboratory, district guardian ministerChhaganBhujbal said on Saturday.

“The CRPI has visited several places and finalised its plans to set up a laboratory in Nashik. While it will be necessary for the CPRI to get the Centre’s nod, we, as the part of the state government, will speed up things to give approval to the project at the earliest,” Bhujbal said.

He was speaking on the sidelines of a joint meeting of the district administration.

Senior officials of the CPRI have decided to set up the laboratory at Shilapur, near the Nashik Thermal Power Station (NTPS), Eklahara.

“The CPRI would encourage setting up of electrical industries in the western part of the country, focusing specifically on the Mumbai-Ahmedabad region,” Bhujbal said.

Bhujbal also pointed out that since land acquisition was not an issue and only transfer of land was required, if agreed upon by the central government, the actual work could begin as early as in three months.

Director general and member secretary of the governing council, CPRI, N Murugesan, who was also in Nashik for talks with the district administration, said that Nashik was the ultimate choice after having visited Jalgaon, Aurangabad, Silvasa and Vadodara; considering the central location of the Mumbai-Ahmedabad belt that constitutes to 40% of electrical industries and goods produced in the country.

“A laboratory was needed considering the concentration of industries in this part of the country. We were so far located at the centre of the country. This is the first time we are setting up a laboratory in the western region. Mumbai and Pune were already rejected and among other destinations. Nashik, because of its development, was the ultimate choice,” Murugesan told TOI.


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