Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, on Saturday, said that owing to the various steps undertaken by the SAD-BJP Government, Punjab would become a power surplus State by the end of the year.

“The day is not far when instead of spending heavily on purchasing power, the State will be selling power to other States,” Mr. Badal said.

He was addressing a gathering after inaugurating the upgraded 220 kW power grid here.

He said there was a 30 per cent power deficit when the SAD-BJP alliance assumed power in the State in 2007 mainly because its “predecessors” had never bothered to augment the supply.

Mr. Badal said his government had laid the emphasis on new power projects and there were three thermal power plants in the pipeline.

On the compensation granted by the Central Government to flood victims in the State, Mr. Badal said it was “cruel joke” on the people. He said, though he had requested the Prime Minister as well as the Union Home Ministry to hike the grant, there was no positive response from them.

Asked about Congress’ allegations that the State was on the verge of an economic slump, he said: “The Punjab Congress leaders must introspect and look into the deplorable economic condition of the country under the UPA regime... That would help the country”. — PTI