The Punjab farmers will get additional income soon as the construction work of Bio-ethanol plant started at Tarakhanavalla village, Bhatinda. Deputy Chief Minister of Punjab, Sukhbir Singh Badal laid the foundation stone of the Rs 600 crore plant.
The bio-ethanol plant will not only check pollution from North India but it will also help farmers in increasing their income as the plant would run on stubble to be purchased from them by the plant managements.
It will be boon for Punjab farmers as they will be able to sell their paddy stubble. Earlier, they were forced to burn the stubble in their fields. The stubble burning is dangerous for environment and pollutes the air.
The waste stubble of farmers will produce extra income for them. The Bio-ethanol plant will convert the paddy stubble into ethanol. The produce of ethanol will increase the trade in the market. Moreover, the farmers will earn Rs 3000 to Rs 4000 per acre if they sell their paddy stubble to plant management.
According to the official information, the plant will consume around 400 tonnes of straw regularly to produce around 100 kilolitres of ethanol. The regular produce of the ethanol will help 30 per cent of ethanol requirement of the state.
Moreover, the Bio-ethanol project will also enhance the employment opportunities in the area. More than 1200 people will be recruited in the plant.
The Punjab government will also set up such plants in every district. It will not only reduce the pollution of straw burning but it will also help in generating employment. It’s a great task of the ruling Punjab government and centre towards the betterment of farmers.
The Shiromani Akali Dal has cleared its stand over SYL issue and launched signature campaign against SYL. As per the information, the party appealing the Punjab farmers to sign the campaign and it is expected that around 25 lakh farmers will sign the document.
Parkash Singh Badal seeking the intervention of President Pranab Mukherjee on river waters issue. The “appeal” especially refers to the injustice done to the state under Section 78 of the Punjab Re-organisation Act, 1966.
All the 25 lakh forms are to be signed by till December 8 on the birthday of Punjab CM. A rally has scheduled on the same day at Moga. The signed forms will be handed over to the President of the country.
The core committee of SAD committee decided to take all the preventive steps to save the water of Punjab. The state would not share even a single drop as Punjab has insufficient water. The Chief Minister of Punjab Parkash Singh Badal f signed the first specially printed form to launch the campaign at his official residence in Chandigarh.
The Punjab Cabinet ministers led by Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal also met President Pranab Mukherjee, urging him not to accept the opinion of the Supreme Court on the SYL canal.
The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) was the first party to oppose the construction of SYL. The party has put its hard efforts against the construction of SYL. The Chief Minister had come out with the resolution in the last budget session against SYL.
Since the approval of the SYL, the SAD opposed the then Congress government to not construct SYL. Even the party has always stood up with the Punjab farmers against SYL. When Punjab has not much water then there is no question of sharing the water with other states. Where the Punjab farmers will go for water if SYL is constructed?
Due to the rapid increment in the development, population and globalization like factors, number of vehicles or we can say vehicle population is increasing day by day. With this comes the need of better transportation mediums and connectivity such as roads, connecting highways, and air connectivity etc. Taking into consideration these important factors, Punjab Government has launched various schemes for the betterment of roads, highways, and air connectivity.
There are two main cities of Punjab, i.e. Chandigarh and Ludhiana, where people regularly travel to and fro. So, Punjab government has consistently made all the efforts required to increase the connectivity between these two cities. The better example of this would be the approval to a highway construction project worth Rs. 2,070/- Crores between Kharar and Ludhiana. The plan includes a 6/4 lane highway b/w these cities so that the travelling time can get reduced. It would be around 76 kilometers long highway which is currently a 2 lane road. As per the authorities, it would take around two and half years for the completion of this project as 145 hectares out of 383.2 hectares of land is yet to be acquired.
If we talk about railways, then the plan is to extend the travelling from Ferozepur & Jammu to Katra because high number of people travels on this route till Mata Vaishno Devi shrine. As per the promise of the Union Minister of State for Railways, a new train to Haridwar will be started soon. Already a train from Punjab to Haridwar is currently running, but only during special holiday/festive season. So, authorities have decided to include this train in regular schedule for the people who travel to this pilgrimage regularly. In addition to this, as a lot of business transaction are carried out between Punjab and U.P the mentioned train to Haridwar from Ferozepur will also benefit in generating the revenue. Also, it will act as a convenient mode of transportation for goods as well.