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In consultation: Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda with his son, Rohtak MP Deepinder Singh Hooda, and senior Congress leader Motilal Vora (right) at the foundation stone laying ceremony of the 1320-mw power project at Jhajjar in Haryana on Saturday.
In consultation: Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda with his son, Rohtak MP Deepinder Singh Hooda, and senior Congress leader Motilal Vora (right) at the foundation stone laying ceremony of the 1320-mw power project at Jhajjar in Haryana on Saturday.

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Lays the foundation stone of new 1,320-MW plant in Jhajjar district

JHAJJAR: Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda reiterated on Saturday that from now on up to 2012 one power plant would be commissioned in the State every year.

Laying the foundation stone of a new 1,320-MW power plant at Khanpur Khurd village in Jhajjar district and naming it after the Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi, Mr. Hooda said the setting up of power plants would cost a whopping Rs.40,000 crore and all consumers in the State would get regular supply of power for at least 20-22 hours a day.

He asserted that after the commissioning of this plant all villages and towns in the radius of 20 km would get uninterrupted supply of power round the clock.

He also announced that the construction company -- Jhajjar Power Limited (a subsidiary of China Light and Power India Limited) -- would also set up a 100-bed hospital in the area besides a district-level stadium to promote sports among children. It would also develop villages in the area.

The Chief Minister said the first 660-MW unit of the Rs.6,000-crore Mahatma Gandhi Power Plant would be commissioned in December 2011 and the second unit of a similar capacity in May 2012. This would be the first mega power project to be set up by an independent power producer, he added.

Charging that his Government had inherited the shortage of power in the State and criticising his predecessors for not doing much, he claimed that in the last 40 years the State had an installed capacity of only 1,587 MW. It was his regime which made effective plans to generate 5,000 MW of additional power by setting up new power generation plants. Seeking cooperation of the people, he said a time would come when the State would become surplus in power and there would be no breakdowns. Mr. Hooda said efforts were also being made to get a 2,800-MW nuclear power plant set up at Fatehabad.

He charged that the BJP-INLD combine had failed to usher in development in the State during six years of Chautala rule.

Referring to the upcoming Lok Sabha elections, Mr. Hooda said it was time to “assess our performance”. He asserted that his regime had implemented schemes which were not in the Congress manifesto. While admitting that there might be “some shortcomings”, he asserted that the people would understand that the Government had “clean intentions”.

Congress treasurer and in-charge of party affairs in Haryana Motilal Vora, Rohtak MP Deepinder Singh Hooda and Haryana Power Minister Randeep Singh Surjewala were among the key speakers.


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