Centre to give Punjab Rs 800 cr to modernise rural power sector

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Aug 11, 2015 12:17 IST

Union minister of power, coal and renewal energy Piyush Goyal on Monday sanctioned Rs 800 crore grant for Punjab under Deendayal Upadhyaya Gram Jyoti Yojana (DDUGJY) to modernise rural power sector.

Punjab deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal, who called on the union minister, urged the Centre to resolve the pending issues of state power utilities. Goyal said Rs 800 crore sanctioned under DDUGJY would be released shortly.

He said Punjab, which was already a forerunner when it comes to power production in the country, would get further boost with the central project to upgrade its transmission and distribution power system in rural areas.

The project would ensure separation of agriculture and non-agriculture feeders, facilitating judicious power supply to agri and non-agri consumers in rural areas.

On sale of surplus power from Punjab, the Union minister promised Sukhbir that the Centre would examine the proposal to be submitted by Punjab state power corporation limited (PSPCL).

Goyal also approved full capacity coal linkage and supply to Punjab thermal plants and said there would be no shortage of coal. The clearance to Pachwara coal mine, allotted to Punjab in Jharkhand, would also be given in the coming days, he said.

Sukhbir highlighted the issue of coal quality and sought coal analysis at the loading-end. The Union minister assured Sukhbir of third-party sampling and analysis to ensure proper quality of coal being supplied.

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