In­dus­trial park on project land to be a boon: Man­preet

Hindustan Times (Jalandhar) - - PUNJAB - HT Cor­re­spon­dents let­ter­schd@hin­dus­tan­

CHANDI­GARH: A day after the Op­po­si­tion Aam Aadmi Party staged protest, Pun­jab fi­nance min­is­ter Man­preet Singh Badal on Tues­day said that shut­ting down of the Guru Nanak Dev Ther­mal Plant, Bathinda, will be a wind­fall for Pun­jab, paving way for cre­ation of the largest in­dus­trial park in state.

Man­preet said the smoke­spew­ing power plant was shut­down three years ago due to en­vi­ron­men­tal, eco­nomic, and ad­min­is­tra­tive rea­sons.

The state gov­ern­ment had ap­proved a com­pre­hen­sive plan for set­ting up an in­dus­trial park or a phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal park which will re­vi­talise and re­ju­ve­nate the econ­omy of south­ern Pun­jab, he said dur­ing a press con­fer­ence, de­fend­ing the gov­ern­ment’s move.

AAP MLAs, led by leader of Op­po­si­tion Harpal Singh Cheema, staged a protest near the FM’s res­i­dence on Mon­day, ac­cus­ing the state gov­ern­ment of dol­ing out hun­dreds of acres of the power plant through PUDA.

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