Hooda to visit Bhutan to take up hydro power project issue : Prof Virender
Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda would visit Bhutan on December 14 to take up the issue of setting up of a hydro power project in Haryana.
Stating this here today, Political Advisor to Chief Minister, Prof Virender said efforts were being made to solve the power problem permanently with the commissioning of the hydro power project.
He said steps have also been taken to set up a 2800 MW Nuclear Power Plant at Gorakhpur in Fatehabad at a cost of Rs 23,502 crore. If in future the state faces the scarcity of coal, carefully planned Nuclear Power Plant would serve the purpose, he added.
Prof Virender made it clear that although it was a fact that for setting up of a Nuclear Power Plant and a Hydro Power Plant much time was needed and these could not generate power before the ensuing Vidhan Sabha election, yet the Chief Minister had taken a bold step without any selfish motive for the benefit of future generations.
Referring to the far sightedness of the Chief Minister, he said during the last seven-and-a-half years, four thermal power plants have been set up in the state. With a view to give impetus to the development of the state, the Mr Hooda has taken a number of important decisions so that the future generations could reap the benefits of these schemes for years to come. The opposition leaders are misleading the people by presenting wrong statistics. Also, they have not done any remarkable work during their regime which could be remembered by the people, he added.
Prof slammed the opposition parties by asking them to reveal the steps taken by them, when they were in power, for the development of the state. They did not set up even a single new power plant. No government medical college or medical university was also established by them, whereas during the regime of Mr Bhupinder Singh Hooda, four government medical colleges and a premier institute that is AIIMS-II have also been set up.
He said a National Cancer Institute costing Rs 2100 crore and a Heart Centre would also be set up in the complex of AIIMS-II at Badhsa in district Jhajjar.
Questioning the opposition leaders, he asked them how many railway lines were sanctioned by them. In the current regime, the Chief Minister has got sanctioned three railway lines, three Metro Rail and three Rapid Rail. Also, a proposal has also been forwarded to the Government of India for setting up of a railway factory in the state. He further said the State Government has also accorded its approval to provide half of the cost of Chandigarh Yamuna-Nagar railway line.
He revealed that after the formation of Haryana, during the last 40 years, only one railway line had been constructed, during the Congress regime, when Mr Bansi Lal was the Union Railway Minister.
He also urged the opposition parties that they should apprise the people on the number of Railway Over Bridges (ROB's) constructed by them. Although he knows that opposition parties have no answer to this typical question, it is his duty to reveal the facts to the people that from November 1966 to March 5, 2005, only 16 ROB's have been constructed in the state at a cost of Rs 93 crore, whereas the present government had incurred a sum of Rs 630 crore for construction of 30 ROBs. In addition to it, work on 29 ROB's is in progress at a cost of Rs 1080 crore.
Apart from this, eight new ROBs costing Rs 362 crore are also in the pipeline. The Chief Minister has taken an initiative to construct 67 ROBs in the state and 20 times more amount has been incurred for the construction of the ROBs for the smooth flow of traffic in the state, he added.