The Shinde-Fadnavis Government must overcome many obstacles to keep Maharashtra at the top

by Web Desk | Published: 14 Aug 2022

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In light of Maharashtra's growing urbanisation, Chief Minister Eknath Shinde is faced with the enormous problem of accelerating infrastructure development and streamlining urban development operations. Shinde, who is in charge of MSRDC, which will be carrying out a number of transportation infrastructure projects worth close to Rs 3 lakh crore, will be responsible for overseeing not only their progress but also the more than Rs 5 lakh crore worth of infrastructure projects being carried out by the public works department and various organisations, such as the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority and the City and Industrial Development Corporation.
It is Shinde's responsibility to ensure that these initiatives are developed quickly in order to prevent time and cost escalation.
Aside from this, the Urban Development Minister Shinde would need to encourage professionalism in urban local government operations and ensure their financial stability.
Devendra Fadnavis, the Deputy Chief Minister, will also have to focus on the corruption in police transfers as well as the modernization of the police force, the reduction of political criminalization, and the control of crimes against women. Fadnavis will need to make significant changes to ensure that these transfers occur in a transparent manner after exposing corruption in police transfers during the Maha Vikas Aghadi administration.
Fadnavis would have to work to narrow the gap between revenue and spending as the finance minister, control the public debt, which has surpassed Rs 5 lakh crore, enhance tax collection without increasing taxes, and most crucially, intensify efforts to make Maharashtra a $1 trillion economy. For the state to receive additional funding under various programmes and over Rs 14,000 crore in GST compensation dues, Fadnavis will need to work with the BJP-led federal government at the centre.
Fadnavis' efforts to revive the struggling state's energy industry will be put to the test because the state-run power distribution business MahaVitaran has record-high arrears from various consumers and liabilities of Rs. 45,000 crore. MahaVitaran owes the state-owned power generation business MahaGenco between Rs 18,000 and Rs 21,000 crore for the provision of electricity.
In order to prevent the collapse of the state energy sector, Fadnavis will need to implement a new policy for the recovery of arrears and encourage a culture of on-time electricity bill payment. Fadnavis will need to put out new efforts to raise the competitiveness of the electricity rates recovered from industry consumers in comparison to other states.
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