Larsen and Toubro, company executing the Rajpura thermal power plant project, assured the Punjab government on Tuesday that its 700-megawatt first unit would be commissioned in December.
L&T executive vice-president SN Roy, who called on the chief minister on Tuesday, later announced this deadline. The company has asked for the CM's help in acquiring about 25 acres for laying a road from national highway-1 to the site via Sarai Banjara, Chandumajra, Chak Kalan, Chak Khurd, and Sural Kalan villages.
The existing approach road from highway-64 is too weak to carry the massive traffic of trucks carrying fly ash from the plant. The CM told the company to acquire the land on its own and thereafter get all logistic support and cooperation for the building of road.
Badal agreed to exempt the project from observing industrial power supply weekly day off and peak-load restrictions. He gave L&T the offer to build three jails for Rs 450 crore, execute sewerage projects worth Rs 200 crore, brick-line the Sirhind canal for Rs 1,452 crore, and four-lane the Zirakpur-Bathinda road for Rs 2,100 crore.
He also offered the company the task to build Rs 250-crore Jang-e-Azadi Memorial at Kartarpur near Jalandhar to showcase the contribution of Punjabis to the national freedom struggle. Badal told his staff to fix Roy's meeting with the principal secretaries for irrigation and cultural affairs and the secretary for local government.
Badal asked Roy to visit the site for the freedom-struggle memorial and consult with Barjinder Singh Hamdard, who is member secretary of the Jang-e-Azadi foundation and managing editor of the Ajit group of newspapers.
Roy agreed to go there with his best engineers and architects.