Bathinda: Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal on Tuesday inaugurated the state’s largest solar power plant of 100 MW, set up by Adani group at Sardargarh village in this district.
Speaking on the occasion, he said that the plant, costing Rs 640 crore would prove to be a game changer for not only the 232 farmers who have given their land on lease for the project but would act as a perfect example for the other regions to follow.
He said that this is the country’s biggest horizontal single axis tracker plant at a single location and would be instrumental in changing the face of the state.
This developmental journey would continue unhindered and would not be allowed to be hijacked by the rowdy elements inimical to the peace and prosperity of Punjab, Badal added.
The state government is contemplating bringing approximately 25,000 acre land under the purview of solar power sector, he said.
He said that in the next 5 years all 12,000 villages of the state would be provided with sewerage facilities, solar lights and concretized streets at a cost of Rs 35,000 crore.He also announced that the airport at Bathinda would be operationalised soon.
Taking on Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and Congress for being out of tune with the needs and aspirations of Punjab, he said that no stone would be left unturned to ensure further progress of Punjab on all developmental parameters.
New and Renewable Energy Minister Bikram Singh Majithia said that the farmers who have given their land for the plant would get Rs 55,000 per acre per annum which would increase by 5 per cent every year.
He said that the solar power sector has attracted most investment in Punjab which is evident from the fact that in 2012 the investment was Rs 82 crore which has today risen to Rs 10,000 crore.
The minister also said that Mansa, Bathinda and Muktsar are emerging as a hub of solar power. Batting for clean and green energy, Majithia said that further developing this sector would ensure healthy environment.
‘Every district in Punjab to have sports school’
Begowal: Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal on Tuesday announced that sports schools will be opened in every district of the state to hone and prepare young talents for major sports events.
“Sports schools will be opened in all districts of the state. Here, students will be imparted free coaching by experts and they can complete their education from these schools. They will be provided hostel facilities as well,” he said while addressing a gathering at the Dr BR Ambedkar 6th World Cup Kabaddi 2016 match here.
The schools will prepare the children for big sporting events, he said.
“More than 5,000 sports persons are being trained at the institute,” Sukhbir claimed.
The Deputy Chief Minister said, “The Punjab government’s target is to have maximum number of sports persons from Punjab in 2020 Tokyo Olympics’ India
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