Punjab Chief Minister Prakash Singh Badal on Thursday asked Union Power Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde to advice the Nuclear Corporation of India to bear with state government’s delay in site selection process.

In a letter addressed to Mr. Shinde, Mr. Badal said Punjab was densely populated and most of the areas in the state was under intensive cultivation, due to which finding a suitable site for setting up of a nuclear power plant was taking some time.

He however, reiterated that the state government was very serious about setting up of a nuclear power plant in Punjab.

The Chief Minister informed in the letter that he had already directed the Chairman of the Punjab State Electricity Board to coordinate with the Chairman and Managing Director of the Corporation.

Mr. Badal further said the Ministry of Power, Government of India was vigorously pursuing the proposal to set up nuclear power stations in the country.

“Even we are very keen to have a nuclear power station in Punjab and in pursuance of a letter received from the Nuclear Power Corporation of India, we had already initiated the process of selection of a suitable site in the state”, wrote Mr. Badal.