The Guru Nanak Dev Thermal Plant at Bathinda
is one of the three thermal power stations in Punjab
(the other being at Lehra Mohabat and Ropar). It is a medium-sized power station with four units that were begun to be built in early 1970s and completed in 1982. All total generate up to 440 MW of power that meets the mammoth irrigation needs of lower Punjab. At couple of years back the Thermal Plant's functioning, which some claim is not up to contemporary environment safety standards, has given birth to serious health problems, not only in Bathinda itself, but also nearby towns and villages, especially fly ash problem.