PUNJAB TO HAVE SURPLUS POWER BY 2011: SU
PUNJAB TO HAVE SURPLUS POWER BY 2011: SUKHBIR
Mohali September 9:
The Akali government is committed to make Punjab a power-surplus state. By 2011, the state would have the capacity to provide around 25,000 MW of power.
This was stated today by the SAD president Sukhbir Singh Badal while laying the foundation stones of two housing projects here. As per the blueprint on power generation prepared by the government, mega power plants had been cleared at Rajpura, Goindwal Sahib and Gidderbaha.
Badal junior said apart from increasing the generation capacity, the state had tied up with different power plants across the country to get power for next 25 years. Cheap power would be available as compared to expensive power being purchased from outside the state.
He said since the state was landlocked, providing best infrastructure was the key to its success. Keeping this in mind, providing air connectivity was the best alternative. Apart from getting the International airport at Mohali cleared by the Centre, upgradation of airports at Sahnewal, Ludhiana and Bathinda were also in the pipeline. Besides, flying schools at Talwandi Sabo, Ferozepur, Ludhiana, Amritsar, Jalandhar and Anandpur Sahib would also be operational soon, he claimed.
The flying schools would provide connectivity between the main airports and the smaller towns. Claming that the express highway between Pathankot and Ajmer had been cleared, the SAD chief said it would shorten the distance between Ludhiana and Mumbai by 300 km and save two days of travelling by cargo to reach the seaports. Encouraging private builders to invest in the state was a part of the infrastructure development, he said.