Chandigarh: The Punjab government will be setting up a thermal plant in Jharkhand with minimum capacity of 1,320 MW as part of efforts to increase power generation capacity.
"The state government is all set to establish one thermal plant at pithead of state's coal mine in Jharkhand," Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal said on Friday.

 Punjab has a coal mine in Jharkhand and the plant there will reduce state government's transportation cost of coal.
 "We will have a plant with minimum capacity of 1,320 MW near the coal mine in Jharkhand which will help in reducing our transportation cost for coal. The power generated will be transmitted through power lines to the state," a senior official in Punjab Power department said here.

Badal said by the end of 2013, the state's power capacity from all sources will reach 14,487 MW against the capacity of 6,591 MW being generated when SAD-BJP government came to power in 2007.
"Our government took the task of power generation as most important task of governance," he said at a CII power conference.

 By the end of 2013, Punjab would have own generation capacity, including BBMB share of 8,816 MW, 355 MW share from Central Sector projects, 1,033 MW as share from Ultra Mega Projects, 647 MW share from Damodar Valley Project and 436 MW from NRSE projects.

He further said the work has already started for 206 MW Shahpur Kandi projects, while work on 18 MW Mukerian Hydel stage-2 would be completed in March 2013. "After becoming power surplus we are aiming to become cheapest source of power in the country and we will export power to other states, and if allowed by the Union government, to Pakistan also," he said.
Badal added he will visit Pakistan soon and would explore possibilities of exporting power.


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