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Punjab govt to try for a trade link with Pakistan: Badal

india Updated: Jul 13, 2009 19:37 IST

Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh on Monday said he would make concerted efforts to open a trade link between India and Pakistan through Hussaniwala border and he will take up the issue with the Centre on a priority basis.

He was addressing a party rally here after his son and Shiromani Akali Dal President Sukhbir Singh filed his nomination papers for Jalalabad assembly bypoll.

Badal accused Congress of being responsible for power woes and poor fiscal condition of Punjab, giving graphic account of alleged mismanagement by the previous Congress government led Amarinder Singh.

He charged Congress bleeded Punjab leaving its economy with huge debt burden of Rs. 45,000 crore and left the SAD-BJP combine government to service this unmanageable burden of debt.

Promising to make Punjab a power-surplus state in next two years, he said SAD-BJP alliance government was committed to ushering in power revolution by generating additional capacity of 6480MW.

He said that at present the total power generation capacity in the state was 6609MW against the peak demand of 7428MW, forcing the state to purchase power for paddy transplantation at the prohibitive of Rs. 12 per unit.