Akali Dal planning `Punjab Vision'

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Old 28-Nov-2006
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Akali Dal planning `Punjab Vision'

Register: Sukhbir Badal
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Ludhiana: Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal), the main opposition party in Punjab, plans to come out with a `Punjab Vision' document, outlining the party's stance on dealing with several vital issues concerning the State's overall development as part of election manifesto, by early January next year.
"Punjab Vision will be a practical vision of the party which will find mention how we will be tackling several burning issues such as unemployment, power shortage, rural indebtedness of the State," SAD (B) general secretary Sukhbir Badal said here.
Talking about the party's vision about power shortage, Badal said the State had been facing 3000 MW of power shortage. "In order to make the State power surplus, the party would start 600 MW project in Goindwal Sahib, 500 MW phase {lcub}II{rcub} in Lehra Mohabbat, 250 MW in Shahpur Kandi and 500 MW in Bathinda refinery," said Badal. Besides launching new power projects in the State, the party would also set up joint venture with other States for power supply.
Joint ventures

"We have already held talks with Orissa Chief Minister for setting up a 1000 MW of power project on joint venture basis in Orissa itself and Punjab will draw its share out of it. In addition to it, talks have been held with Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister for similar project," he said.
The party would also lay emphasis on setting up three IT hubs in Malwa, Majha and Doaba regions of the State which will bring maximum job opportunities. Lashing out at the Congress-led State Government, Mr. Badal said that the Government had befooled people in claiming that mega projects had offered 20 lakh jobs in the State.

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