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More thermal plants to be finalised: Badal

Chandigarh: A high-level team of Central Electricity Regulatory Commission would soon visit Punjab to finalise two more sites for setting up thermal power plants in addition to the three coming up in Sri Goindwal Sahib, Nabha and Talwandi Sabo, Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal said.

He was speaking after inaugurating a 66 KV sub-station at Hedon Bet, 10 kms from Machiwara in Ludhiana district.

Mr. Badal also announced that Machhiwara town would be renamed as Machhiwara Sahib keeping in view its religious and historical importance.

He alleged that not a single unit of generation capacity was added during the last five years and the previous government in the State took decision to spend over Rs 10,000 crore on purchasing power from other states. “With this money, Punjab could have set up two thermal plants in the State. SAD-BJP government is committed to augment 5000 MW power within next five years, in addition to 6200 MW power presently being generated,” he said.

He claimed that within next five years, Punjab would have the capacity to sell power to other states, after providing 24-hour supply to every resident of the State.

Emphasising on the need for launching a sustained campaign to strengthen the power distribution network, the Chief Minister said without a distribution network, mere power generation would not help. The government had finalised a blue-print to pump in Rs 7,200 crore to strengthen the existing transmission network.

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