Talwandi Sabo (Punjab): Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal on Wednesday said the upcoming three thermal power plants in the state will be operational by year 2013.

During a visit to the site of under construction plants, Badal said the first unit of 1980 MW Talwandi Sabo power plant being developed by Sterlite Energy with an outlay of Rs 11,000 crore would be operational by April 2013.

He said he would personally inaugurate this thermal plant on April 13, 2013 which is celebrated as Baisakhi day.

This would be the first thermal plant planned by SAD-BJP government that would be made operational next year, he said.

Badal further said the other two Goindwal and Rajpura thermal plants would also be operational in year 2013.

The 540 MW Sri Goindwal Sahib thermal plant being constructed at a cost of Rs 3,000 crore would be commissioned in May 2013 and 1400 MW Rajpura Thermal Plant being constructed by L&T at the cost of Rs 8,000 crore would start producing power by the end of 2013.

Earlier, Sukhbir Singh Badal accompanied by Power Secretary Anirudh Tiwari and Punjab State Power Corporation Chairman K D Chaudhary reached the project site to inspect the progress of 1980 MW thermal plant.

The Project General Manager Chetan Srivastav said that the erection, procurement and construction (EPC) contract of this project has been awarded to China based SEPCO Electric Power Construction Corporation.

It was also informed that Power Grid Corporation of India Ltd had been ordered to erect 400KV Talwandi Sabo-Nakodar, 400KV Talwandi Sabo-Muktsar, 400KV Talwandi Sabo Mastewal and 400KV Talwandi Sabo-Bala Chak Transmission lines for evacuation of power.

Speaking about the expansion plan of the project the GM informed the company has already signed a MoU with the state government for setting up an additional 660 MW capacity plant at the cost of Rs 3,600 crore.

He said with the expansion of plant, this would be the largest thermal plant of the country producing 2640 MW power with a cost of Rs 14,600 crore.


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