Rupnagar, Jan 30 (UNI) Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today said that first unit of 250 MW capacity, stage-2 of the Lehra Mohabbat Thermal Plant will be commissioned by April this year.
While talking to mediapersons after inaugurating the expansion of biomass captive power plant of Ambuja Cement Ltd at village Daburji and Ambuja Manovikas Kendra for the mentally retarded at village Salora built at a cost of Rs one crore, Mr Badal said the second unit of the thermal plant of the same capacity will be made operational thereafter.
It may be mentioned that earlier, the stage-2 of the Lehra Mohabbat thermal was scheduled to be made operational by February and the trial run of the first unit had already started. However, the unit faced certain technical problems during coal handling due to which the PSEB appears to have delayed its commissioning for another three months.
Mr Badal said that the Punjab government was making serious efforts to make the state self sufficient in power generation and many new projects including thermal plants and biomass power plants had been planned.
He said that power transmission and distribution system was being strengthened in the state at a cost of Rs 3100 crores.
While speaking on the occasion chairman Ambuja Cement Ltd, Suresh Neotia said that Ambuja Foundation was involved in social welfare activities in 10 thousand villages in 10 states covering 10 million people.
He said the capacity of captive power plant at the Ambuja plant in Daburji has been increased from 24 MW to 30 MW after expansion.
His organisation will open a school for girls in the surrounding area of the town. Besides this the company will also open ITI s in Rupnagar and Bathinda, he added.
Mr Badal also laid the foundation stone of an auditorium at Ambuja Manovikas Kendra, which will be named after Shaheed Bhagat Singh.
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