According to reports, Punjab Revenue and Public Relations Minister Bikram Singh Majithia today inaugurated a Rs 15 crore hydel power project of 1.20 MW capacity near Village Bowani in Ludhiana district.
Speaking on the occasion, he said that this prestigious project has been completed in a record 10 months period instead of its stipulated time frame of two years. He said that the Punjab Government’s new non-renewable energy policy 2012 was aimed to harness the maximum traditional sources of energy like solar, hydel, wind and bio mass energy.
He revealed that 18 more hydel projects having joint capacity of 28 MW were all set to be completed by March 2014. He pointed out that the state, having a comprehensive canal network, has a potential for setting up of hydel projects of 400 MW capacity.
Ridiculing the congress for taking no initiative to add a single unit of power generation capacity throughout its tenure of 5 years, the minister said that in contrast the SAD-BJP government has undertaken a gigantic task of setting up of 3 thermal plants.
Majithia expressed confidence that by next six month,s the state would have an additional 3920 MW power generation capacity. Besides this the state government has set a target of production of 1000 MW from renewal energy sources.
He said that the state government has also chalked out an ambitious plan to harness maximum solar energy by setting up of roof top solar power plants on all government building like district administrative and Judicial complexes, government school, hospitals, police station etc. Initially these roof top projects would be installed on 946 building indentified in three border districts and then this exercise would be replicated in other districts too.
Commenting on the state budget presented in the assembly today, the revenue minister said that the unique aspect of this budget was the abolition of VAT from various goods of daily use.
Majithia also termed the inclusion of every section of society in Bhai Ghanyiya Scheme besides special dairy scheme for women, a historic step and suggested the Congress-led Union Government to take a cue from the Punjab budget so as to implement pro-people policies despite limited resources.