I am ready to face power cuts at my residence: Badal
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Last Updated: Sunday, September 27, 2009, 18:42
Jalandhar: Expressing inability to meet the on-going power crisis and terming it as "national crisis", Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on Sunday said he is also ready to face the long power cuts, to share the difficulties being faced by the people of Punjab.

"Power crisis is not in Punjab only, but in almost every state and it is extremely difficult to match the demand. Even I am ready to face the long power cuts of at least seven hours at my residence, as being faced by the people of the state to share and understand their plight", Badal told reporters when apprised him plight of people due to long power cuts.

As usual, Badal passed the blame of shortage of power to the previous congress government and said "Congress government did not do any effort to increase the power generation in the state and as a result the acute crises of power has arisen in the state".

"Now, we have initiated four power plants, work of two of them has already been initiated and for rest of the two including at Rajpura and at Giddarbaha efforts were on to make a re-bid and coal arrangements respectively", Badal added.

Even it was due to the state government efforts only, the power plant of Shahpur Kandi was also included in the list of national projects, he said revealing that even at present the state was purchasing more power than any other state in northern region.

On the issues of subsidies, Badal said that recently a two member committee has been constituted to review all subsidies. CM evaded a reply, when asked about the chances of cabinet reshuffle in the near future.

Bureau Report

First Published: Sunday, September 27, 2009, 18:42

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