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AT A GLANCE

Area

50,362 square kilometers (Punjab occupies 1.54 % of the country’s total geographical area.)
Location
Punjab is situated in the northwest of India, it is bordered by Pakistan on the west, the Indian states of Jammu and Kashmir on the north, Himachal Pradesh on its northeast and Haryana and Rajasthan to its south.
Capital: 
Chandigarh 

Population: 
243.59 Lakh for the year 2001
Rural: 160.96 Lakh
Urban: 82.63 Lakh
Languages: 
Punjabi and Hindi.
Many people are fluent in English and Urdu.
Geography: 
Find Punjab on the globe at29’30’’ N to 32’32’’ N latitude and 73’55 E to 76’50 E longitude,
Climate: 
Climatically the state has three major seasons.  

Hot weather (April to June) when temperature rises as high as 110F.

Rainy season (July to September). Average rainfall annual ranges between 96 cms sub-mountain region and 46 cms in the plains.

Cold weather (October to March). Temperature goes down as low as 40F.


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OVERVIEW OF POWER SCENARIO

Installed Capacity Features of Energy Sources in Punjab

Considering the fact that electricity is one of the key enablers of development, Punjab is aggressively pushing for major capacity addition of power generation to cover the current and anticipated shortages due to the growth of the economy.

Installed Capacity Features of Energy Sources in Punjab
Total installed capacity of Punjab is 6510.1 MW. Out of total installed capacity, contribution by state is 4819.5 MW, private contribution is 41.8 MW and central contribution is 1648.8 MW. Detailed break-up of installed capacities by various energy sources are given below.


Sector

Hydro

Thermal

Nuclear

Renewable Energy
Sources (R.E.S.)

Total

Coal

Gas

Diesel

Total

State

2315.6

2380

NIL

NIL

2380

NIL

123.9

4819.5

Private

4.2

NIL

NIL

NIL

NIL

NIL

37.6

41.8

Central

717.1

560.7

264

NIL

824.7

107

NIL

1648.8

Total

3037

2940.7

264

NIL

3204.7

107

161.5

6510.1

The Government of Punjab anticipates adding 3920 MW to the current capacity of power generated to make it a Power Surplus State. The following New Thermal Power Plants are currently being executed:
 

Power Plant

Location

Executed by

Capacity

Estimated Cost

Rajpura Thermal
Plant

Village Naalash,
Rajpura, Distt
Patiala

Larsen & Toubro

1,400 MW

Rs 9,600 Crores

Talwandi Saboo
Thermal Plant

Village Banwala,
Distt Mansa

Vedanta Group
through Larsen
& Toubro

1,980 MW
Increase by
additional


660 MW sought

Rs 10,000 Crores
If capacity increased,
Rs 13,500 Crores

Goindwal Sahib
Thermal Plant

Village Dhundi,
Distt Taran Taran

GVK Power

540 MW

Rs 3,200 Crores

Source code: Hindustan Times report right alined.

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