Power shortage heats up Punjab assembly
POWER SHORTAGE remained a hot topic for discussion on the floor of Punjab assembly on Monday.
Raising the issue during the zero hour, the Leader of Opposition Sunil Jakhar said that frequent power cuts have made life miserable for the common man.
He accused the SAD-BJP coalition government of its failure in keeping its promises of eight-hour power supply to farmers. He alleged that because of inadequate power supply, the output of the industries has come down to a record low.
Blaming the Punjab chief minister, he said that time maintenance of power plants and augmentation of distribution networks has worsened the situation.
Later, answering Jakhar, Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal said that the sudden increase in demand following the scorching heat has led to power cuts.
Highlighting the political vendetta, former chief minister and PCC chief Capt Amarinder Singh also alleged that an inspection team of the electricity wing visited his house on the direction of Badal.
Badal denied the allegation as baseless and said that the matter would be looked into.
Oppn slams the state for failing to provide 8-hour power supply to farmers
He assured the House that power generation of more than 2,900 mw will start by 2013-14 and said that no step had been in this regard during the regime of Capt Amarinder Singh.
Badal further said that efforts were being made to make Punjab a surplus state and three thermal plants were being constructed to that end.