Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Centre to set up 1,000 MW power station in Pathankot

To cope with the power shortage in the state, the Centre has decided to set up a 1,000 MW power generation station in Pathankot in Punjab.

Addressing a function organised by the Pradesh Congress Committee in connection with the death anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi here today, the Union Power Minister, Sushil Kumar Shinde, said either a gas or a thermal power project would be set up at Pathankot with a capacity of generating 1,000 MW of power.

“The station will be set up exclusively for Jammu and Kashmir and the matter in this regard has already been discussed with the Chief Minister,” he said.

However, he did not mention whether the matter had been discussed with the Punjab or the Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister. He said the Centre had been liberally giving all support to the state for its development.

Referring to the Indus Water Treaty with Pakistan, the Union Power Minister said due to some problems in generating power through the hydroelectric projects in Jammu and Kashmir, the alternative sources would be invented to solve the power crisis in the state. He also pointed to the sanctioning of a few hydroelectric projects in the state and made a special mention of the Pakaldul Power Project of Kishtwar.

As a few leaders highlighted the issues regarding the implementation of the Rajiv Gandhi Gramin Vidhotikaran Yojna in the rural areas of Jammu, the Union Power Minister said funds would not be any problem as far as the state was concerned.

Paying tributes to the Father of the Nation, Shinde called upon the youth of the state to join the mainstream. He said the real tribute to Mahatma Gandhi was to spread the message of peace and brotherhood.

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