Per week after the Prime Minister’s Workplace (PMO) expressed curiosity in reviving the defunct Guru Nanak Dev Thermal Plant (GNDTP) as a non-conventional gas facility, the Punjab State Energy Company Restricted (PSPCL) has not obtained any communication from the state authorities on reviewing its resolution to dismantle the Bathinda-based unit.
PSPCL chief managing director A Venu Prasad stated the method to dismantle 4 models of GNDTP is underway and e-auctioning to disassemble the ability era facility will probably be held on August 20 as per the schedule.
“It was a state cupboard resolution to scrap the plant because it was not economically viable to run it. The PSPCL has not obtained any communiqué from PMO on the likelihood to run it on unconventional gas. In actual fact, Punjab is solar energy surplus and biomass vitality plant may be arrange at anyplace,” stated Prasad.
A group of state authorities technocrats attended a webinar on July 24 to debate the probabilities of changing one unit of the plant as a biomass facility company officers stated.
PSPCL director (era) Jatinder Goyal stated, “The state has deliberate a mega pharmaceutical trade park on the website and finance minister Manpreet Badal has even met the Union ministeron this. The coal-run plant was closed after it was discovered that re-operationalising it on typical or non-conventional fuels was not economically viable. Energy demand in Punjab will increase just for 4 months of summers to fulfill requirement primarily for the agriculture sector. For the remainder of the yr, the state produces extra energy to cater to all sectors. Due to this fact, it isn’t sensible to speculate extra on a plant with somewhat utilization.”
Opposition events just like the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) and the Aam Aadmi Social gathering (AAP) apart from workers of state electrical energy division and farmer unions have been protesting in opposition to the choice to wind up the plant that was arrange in 1974.
The PSPCL board of administrators in August final yr had beneficial to the state authorities to improve the plant infrastructure to start out various vitality era tasks.
Manpreet Badal, who has been below fireplace of the opposition for pushing the plant closure to ascertain an industrial hub in his meeting phase, was unavailable for feedback.