Guru Nanak Dev Thermal Plant is situated in Bathinda (Punjab) on Bathinda-Malout Road. The foundation stone of the thermal power plant, comprising of four units of 110 MW each was laid on 19th November, 1969, the quincentenary year of the birth of the great Guru Nanak Dev Ji from whom it gets its present name . The thermal plant set up 45 years ago is to be dismantled as it has outlived its utility. All the four units of the power plant had outlived their designed life. Various equipment, including the boilers and turbines are in deteriorating condition. This obsolete equipment are restricting power generation to about 95 MW against the installed capacity of 110 MW. A INR 400 crore proposal for renovating the project had been approved to extend the plant's life by another 20 years .
In 2011 Bhaba Atomic Research Center`s study had revealed high uranium concentration in Bathinda and its peripheral area where two thermal plants are situated. Bhatinda residents formed a Joint Action Committee (JAC), to fight the fly ash problem caused by the thermal plants. According to the committee, the state government is not serious about pollution caused by the thermal plants in Bathinda . JAC has been fighting against the fly ash problem for the last one decade and had filed a petition in Punjab and Haryana high court, forcing the authorities to give an undertaking regarding modernization of the three out of four units of the power plant by June 30, 2011. However, the work has not been completed . An announcement by the deputy CM of shutting down the plant had come as a relief to the residents but it has not been implemented yet .