Inaugurating the first unit of the Rajpura thermal plant at Nalash village in Rajpura near here on his 86th birthday on Sunday, chief minister Parkash Singh Badal declared Punjab to be the only 'power-surplus' state in the country.
Addressing a gathering, Badal said, "With its inauguration, the SAD-BJP government has kept one of its major promises of making Punjab not only self-reliant in power but also surplus in it so that it can sell additional power to other states and strengthen its economic condition."
He said that now the scarcity of power would be a thing of the past as another 700 MW unit would be in operation from March next year.
"At present, 7,250 MW power is available in the state against the demand of 10,471 MW during peak season. With the completion of three thermal plants at Talwandi Sabo, Rajpura and Goindwal Sahib, the power scenario in the region will surely get a boost," Badal said.
On the first Progressive Punjab Investors Summit to be held at SAS Nagar from December 9, Badal said he was confident that the big investors and entrepreneurs not only from the country but from abroad would vie with one another to set up their ventures in the state in the near future.
Addressing the gathering, deputy chief minister Sukhbir Badal talked about the development undertaken and about the SAD-BJP government's agenda, including providing better facilities to investors, improving road and air connectivity, welfare of all sections of society and holistic development of the state.
On this occasion, L&T executive director SN Roy was honoured for his commitment to set up the mega project in Punjab. The chief minister also urged Roy to set up a state-of-the-art skill development-cum-training centre at Rajpura to train the local youth.
'Will work for Punjab politics till last breath'
Thanking people for their wishes on his birthday, Badal said he was committed to serving the people of the state. "I will work for Punjab politics till my last breath," he said. When asked if he would join national politics, Badal said he had no such plans.
'Time for SAD to emerge as national party'
Patiala: Following the results of the assembly elections in four states and the SAD's good showing in Delhi, Sukhbir said the time had come for the SAD to emerge as a national party.
"After winning seats in Delhi and being well established in Haryana, our next target is Uttar Pradesh and we will field our candidates in Punjabi-populated areas in Uttar Pradesh in the near future," he said.
Talking about a ministerial post for the winning SAD candidates in the Delhi cabinet, Sukhbir said it would be too early to say but they would surely put their suggestions and demands before the BJP.
About the AAP's convincing performance in Delhi, Sukhbir said AAP's vote bank would translate into NDA votes in the parliamentary elections.
The deputy chief minister said the Sunday's results showed that it was the end of the road for the Congress. "The results have shown a wave against the Congress. If this scenario continues, the Congress and its leaders would disappear from the political scene," Sukhbir said.
CM Badal said he had already predicted that the Congress would be nowhere on the scene during the next Lok Sabha polls and his prophecy had come true with the humiliating defeat of the Congress in four states.
It was shameful that even three-time Delhi CM Sheila Dikshit failed to retain her seat, he added.