The Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) co-ordination committee held a massive protest outside PSPCL complex on Ferozepur Road didn't carry only the employees and officers of corporation, but the MP, MLA's and other top leaders also came in to participate and show their support for the cause.
PSPCL co-ordination committee staged a dharna outside PSPCL main office against the decision of government and power corporation to sell the PSPCL prime 32-acre land for the down town project and to shift existing offices at different places. Hundreds of employees raised slogans against the Punjab government and power corporation, and demanded that offices shouldn't be shifted in lieu of public convenience. Police force was deployed on the spot to control the crowd.
Member of Parliament from Ludhiana Ravneet Bittu addressed the gathering and assured full support from his side. He said, “It's shameful on part of the government, if they are selling the public utility land to the private sector.”
He said, “I will raise the matter with the cabinet power minister, and will ensure that public don't have to face inconvenience.”
Congress MLA Ludhiana West Bharat Bhushan Ashu and Atam Nagar MLA Simarjit Singh Bains, who reached with supporters, said, “We will raise the matter in the coming session of the state assembly and won't let government do this.”
Bains accused Sukhbir Badal of showing false dreams to the common man and robbing them of their property. He questioned the down town project saying that if the government had no fund for the employees' salaries or for patch work on broken roads, from where would they get money for the project.
Succha Singh Choteypur, Punjab convenor of Aam Aadmi Party, also showed full support to the committee. He said AAP would stand with the employees of PSPCL for the cause.
In the last co-ordination committee meeting, the members said, if the government and PSPCL management would not roll back their decision, they would have to intensify the protest. A huge rally would be organised on September 29 from PSPCL office to DC complex.
Hearing on the case in HC on Oct 10.A resident of BRS Nagar has filed a writ in the Punjab and Haryana high court against selling of 32-acre land of PSPCL office. Court has issued a motion notice to the government, PSPCL management and others. The next hearing in the case will be held on October 10.