Punjab: 4 more years for power-surplus status

MUKTSAR: Punjab deputy chief minister Sukhbir Badal has now added another four years to fulfilling his promise of making Punjab a ‘power surplus’ state. If four years back, the SAD(B) chief had declared to make the “power-starved state” of Punjab into a “power surplus” one by the end of year 2009, now the new deadline is 2013.

Predicting a bright scenario on power generation front, the deputy CM said in Muktsar on Wednesday that by 2013, Punjab besides fulfilling the local demand of power, would emerge as biggest exporter of power. He said by exporting power to other states, Punjab would be able to subsidize power to state consumers, besides assuring them 24-hour quality power supply. Sukhbir was addressing a public gathering at Bhagsar village of Muktsar.

On a whirlwind tour of Muktsar district on Wednesday, Sukhbir inaugurated a Government Model Adarsh School, four reverse osmosis (RO) water purifier plants, laid the foundation stone of 66KV station at Bhagsar and two sewerage treatment plants and mini water works in the district.

Sukhbir claimed Rs 1 lakh crore investment in infrastructure during last four years in Punjab had a cascading effect on all sectors of economy including, service sector, power sector, tertiary sector besides opening new avenues of employment for thousands of skilled and unskilled youths.

Sukhbir claimed besides power, world class road infrastructure, three domestic and three international airports would make Punjab most-favoured destination in the country. He said Punjab has shown to the whole country that how a land locked state, surrounded by tax-free zones could make its niche in the most competitive investment scenario.

Sukhbir said PPCC chief Amarinder Singh should not make any comments on development of the state as he had failed to lay a single brick of any development project during his five-year rule.

Source – TOI

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SUMIT KUMAR

Executive at India Electron Exchange

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