Punjab farmers will continue to get free power: Sukhbir

Last Updated: Monday, December 2, 2013 - 21:01

Tarn Taran: Farmers in Punjab will continue to get free electricity supply and the government has no plans to discontinue it, Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal on Monday said.

Sukhbir, speaking after inaugurating the second day matches of the ongoing World Cup Kabaddi tournament, termed the initiative as lifeline for Punjab farmers and said "it will never be stopped."

He said soon, the state will also start providing tube well connections to farmers, with priority to those having less than 5 acres of farm land.

The Powercom is working day and night to fulfil the formalities for providing power connections to farmers having less than 5 acres land and by December end, they will get electricity connections, Sukhbir said.

Sukhbir said the first phase of Talwandi Sabo thermal plant has started power generation and within few months, other thermal plants will also be commissioned, thus making Punjab a power surplus state.

He asserted the SAD-BJP alliance is paying special attention towards promoting sports in the state.

Besides strengthening sports infrastructure, world-class stadiums are being developed both in cities and in villages, Sukhbir said.

He also laid the foundation stone of a stadium in Chohla Sahib, coming up with a cost of Rs 4 crore.

PTI

First Published: Monday, December 2, 2013 - 21:01

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