Nalas (Patiala), Dec 8, 2013 (YP Bureau)
Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal along with the Deputy Chief Minister Mr. Sukhbir Singh Badal today dedicated the first unit (700 MW) of 1400 MW Super Critical Rajpura Thermal Power Station (RTPS) constructed by internationally acclaimed engineering giant L&T here amidst lot of fanfare and enthusiasm thus declaring ‘Punjab as the only power surplus state’ in the country.
Addressing a mammoth gathering here at village Mirzapur, the Chief Minister said that with the commissioning of RTPS, the SAD-BJP alliance government has fulfilled one of its major promises under the flagship program to make Punjab not only self-reliant in power sector but also surplus so that it could sell additional power like food grains, which would not only strengthened our state’s economic position but also speed up the process of its overall development and prosperity. He said, “We all are well aware of the fact that power is the crucial factor which was instrumental for the growth of the state be it in agriculture, industry, domestic or service sector and now the scarcity of power will be a story of the past”.
Highly appreciating the initiatives taken by Deputy Chief Minister Mr. Sukhbir Singh Badal, the Chief Minister lauded him for making Punjab as surplus state in power besides ensuring an overall infra structural growth and development in terms of the best road, Air and Rail connectivity to boost the tempo of economic activity across the state. He credited Mr. Sukhbir Singh Badal for implementing new ideas to showcase Punjab as the major investment destination in the near future across the globe adding the Chief Minister said he was confident that the day was not very far of when the big investors/ entrepreneurs not only from the country but from the other parts of the world would be vying to set up their ventures because an investment mood has been set into motion and two days progressive Punjab Investors Summit slated to be held in Mohali from December 9-10 was also a pointer towards his commitment to emerge Punjab as the most preferred investment destination not only on the industrial map of the country but also across the globe.
The Chief Minister also felicitated the Executive Director L&T Mr. SN Roy for undertaking this gigantic project which would usher a new era of overall development and prosperity in the state through achieving self- sufficiency in power. He also urged Mr. Roy to set up a state-of-the art Skill development cum training centre at Rajpura to train the local youth so that they could be gainfully employed in the industry to which Mr. Roy gracefully acceded to the request of Mr. Badal. (..Contd.)
Lending a helping hand to the economically weaker sections of the society in the state, the Chief Minister announced that the Atta-Dal scheme to provide Atta and Dal at subsidised rates of Re 1 and Rs 20 per kg respectively has now also been extended to the farmers having land holding of below 2.5 acres and persons with annual income less than Rs 60,000.
In his address Deputy Chief Minister Mr. Sukhbir Singh Badal said that from now onwards besides catering the Power need of state, Punjab would also sell power to other states in the country. The Deputy Chief Minister said beginning of Power generation from Rajpura Thermal plant was a gift for Punjabis on 86th birth anniversary of country’s great political stalwart Mr. Parkash Singh Badal. He said that Power, Road and Air Connectivity, Industrial Transformation, welfare of all sections of society and holistic development of Punjab were the key agendas of SAD-BJP government, which were being implemented in a phased manner.
The Deputy Chief Minister said that Punjab has set new milestones in the field of Power and Road-Air connectivity while Industrial revolution was on the anvil in the state. He said that Progressive Punjab Investors Summit would not only fetch massive investments in industrial sectors but also create job opportunities for lakhs of Punjabi youth.
It may be mentioned here that at present, 7250 MW power is available in the state against the demand of 10,471 MW during peak season. The completion of three thermal plants at Talwandi Sabo, Rajpura and Goindwal Sahib having joint power generation capacity of 3920 MW is all set to change power scenario in the region with our state certainly having an advantage to further offer it to industry.
Prominent amongst those present on the occasion included Rajya Sabha MP Mr. Balwinder Singh Bhunder, Cabinet Ministers Mr. Surjit Singh Rakhra, Mr. Sikander Singh Maluka, Mr. Madan Mohan Mittal and Mr. Chunni Lal Bhagat, State BJP President Mr. Kamal Sharma, Advisor to Chief Minister Mr. Mahesh Inder Singh Grewal, Media Advisor to Deputy Chief Minister Mr. Jangveer Singh, Chief Parliamentary Secretaries Mr. NK Sharma, Babu Parkash Chand Garg and Mrs. Mohinder Kaur Josh, MLAs Mrs Varinder Kaur Loomba and Justice (Retd.) Mr. Nirmal Singh, former MPs Prof. Prem Singh Chandumajra and Mrs. Amarjeet Kaur, former MLAs Mr. Ranjeet Singh Talwandi and Mr. Mohan Lal Banga, Chairman District Planning Committee Ludhiana Jathedar Hira Singh Gabria, Chairman District Planning Committee Patiala Mr. Deepinder Singh Dhillon, former Minister Mr. Ajaib Singh Mukhmailpur, Special Principal Secretary to Chief Minister Mr. KJS Cheema, Secretary Power Mr. Anirudh Tiwari and Chairman PSPCL Mr. KD Chaudhary.