To promote clean energy generated from renewable sources, Bathinda MP Harsimrat Kaur Badal and Punjab non-conventional energy minister Bikram Singh Majthia launched a 10-MW biomass-based power plant in Mansa, on Wednesday.
Harsimrat alleged that the centre's decision of carving out Telangana from Andhra Pradesh was a political stunt.
"The food security bill and the carving of Telangana is a political stunt to get votes. The work that the Centre should have done five years ago, it is doing just before the elections to lure voters."
On Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee's alleged remarks that SAD was not a party of the Sikhs, Majithia said: "Bajwa should first answer where canpeople get a meal in Rs 2 as claimed by his party leaders in the central government?"
The power plant is being set up by a private company Viaton Energy Private Ltd at a cost of Rs 80 crore at Khokar Khurd village in Mansa.
Blaming the Congress-led UPA government for causing undue delay in setting up of new projects, Badal said, "The union government did not supply coal as per the requirement of the state government. (Bade afsos di gall hai ki center de 11 alag-alag mehakame ton ijazat laini paindi hai atte centre 1 ½ saal tak ghaseetdi rahi badal saab nu power project layi).
Harsimrat demanded five more biomass-based power plants for her constituency from Majithia. "Biomass power plants will provide additional income of around Rs 5,000 to the farming community from their agriculture residue."
She added that she would plead for subsidy for solar powered tube-wells in Punjab.
Bikram Singh Majthia accused Bajwa of approaching center government to stop giving grants to Punjab CM Prakash SIngh Badal. "Badal saab manngan jaande aa, Bajwa rokan chala janda."
Majithia congratulated the Viaton company for setting up the plant and said, "The government will soon harness biomass potential of the state by inviting bids for setting up of 300 MW capacity plants shortly. Twenty nine sites have been identified for the setting up of 300 MW biomass power plants in next three years."
Majithia claimed that Punjab had harnessed 569 MW of renewable energy power in the sector.