Khadoor Sahib, Tarn Taran, Sep 18 (UNI) Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today announced that the first thermal plant out of the three to be installed in the state would come in this historic town of Tarn Taran district.
This plant would have an installed capacity of 2000 MW to augment the power generation in the state. The Central government had recently cleared three thermal plants for Punjab.
The three are in addition to the one at Goindwal Sahib, also in Tarn Taran district. The MoU for the Goindwal plant has already been signed and work on it is expected to commence soon.
Mr Badal made this announcement during a public rally organised by the Shiromani Akali Dal here on the auspicious occasion of ''Gurgaddi Diwas'' of the second Sikh Guru, Angad Dev.
Mr Badal said the other two thermal plants would be installed at village Sitogunna in Abohar and Rajpura in Patiala district. He said that with the installation of these thermal plants, Punjab would become a power surplus state by 2010.
He said that his government had laid special emphasis to strengthen the power scenario, the core sector for the overall development of the state.
The Chief Minister further said that the state government was fully alive to the problems of the people especially those living in the rural areas. He admitted that the problems were immense but the state had limited resources.
He urged the people to come forward to contribute their share towards the World Bank's drinking water and sewerage scheme for its timely implementation. He said that people's contribution was mandatory under the guidelines of World Bank scheme and people should not hesitate in making this nominal contribution because due to lack of drinking water and sewerage facilities many people suffered from the deadly diseases of angina and cancer for which they had to shell out lakhs of rupees for treatment.