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Opinion Sons of the soil offer N-plant in Punjab

Discussion in 'Punjab, Punjabi, Punjabiyat' started by Vikram singh, Aug 8, 2009.

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    CHANDIGARH: NRIs of Punjab have urged the state and Union governments to allow them to set up a nuclear power plant which they feel would help
    reduce the appalling power scenario in their beloved land.

    Representing the group of Indian diaspora keen on setting up a highly cost-intensive enterprise, the secretary of Indian immigrants of North America, Vikram J S Bajwa, said on Friday: “A group of Texas-based Punjabis plans to invest in a nuclear plant in Punjab to help it overcome power-related problems.” Installation of one such plant would require an important]investment of around Rs 25,000 crore approximately.

    A seven-member delegation scheduled to reach Punjab on August 28 will meet chief minister Parkash Singh Badal to discuss the proposal on loan for setting up a joint venture N-plant. Led by Romesh Japra, cardiologist and CEO of Washington Hospital, the delegates will discuss the possibility of leasing out equipment from abroad, which need only be shipped and installed here. “The plan is ready and I’ll discuss the technicalities when we meet the chief minister,” Japra told TOI over telephone.

    The group comprises businessmen and professionals with roots in Hoshiarpur, Ludhiana, Jalandhar and Patiala. “They want to do something for their motherland. Helping Punjab overcome power crisis will also improve its business prospects,” said Bajwa.

    The NRIs propose to set up this plant near the Attari border — away from residential areas and in close proximity to Lahore. Considering its location, they say, Pakistan would dare not think of attacking it for fear of endangering the lives of their countrymen.

    Open to the proposal, Vishawjeet Khanna, who holds the additional charge of power secretary in the state, averred, “We certainly want to augment power. The state (government) is already working on some conventional projects to increase the power capacity. Since we’re yet to see this new proposal of NRIs, it is difficult to comment on it at this stage.”

    Sons of the soil offer N-plant in Punjab - Chandigarh - City - NEWS - The Times of India
     
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