Crop stubble to be used as raw material to produce ethanol fuel and the first project to be set up at Bathinda with Rs 500 crore
Jalandhar: The Centre Government and Punjab Government would sign an MOU to set up projects in the state to produce ethanol fuel from crop stubble.
A first of its kind project, it would be set up at Bathinda at a cost of Rs 500 crore. The foundation stone of the project would be laid after two weeks.
After launching the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana here on Friday, Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal and Union Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gas Dharmendra Pardhan said that these ethanol units would reduce the dependence for fuel requirement from the Arabian countries and Central Asian countries.
The Union Minister informed that Punjab produces more than 50 lakh tonne crop stubble in a season, which would be used as a raw material for the fuel units. He also announced that in first phase 10 ethanol units would be set up in various districts in Punjab, which would play an important role to redress the issue of pollution.
Meanwhile, interacting with media persons, the Deputy Chief Minister said these fuel projects would be a big push for the economy of the state as the farmers of Punjab would get an additional income of Rs 4000 crore from crop stubble.
The Deputy Chief Minister also informed that under this scheme, LPG connections and steel chullas would be provided to all 7 lakh Below Poverty Line (BPL) households who have no domestic gas connections in Punjab.
He also said that out of the total 65 lakh households in the state, about 7 lakh were using kerosene and other traditional methods for cooking etc. He also said that this scheme would provide smoke free kitchen to the women in the each household.
In his address Union Minister for state and BJP Punjab chief Vijay Sampla said that providing LPG connections to BPL households would ensure universal coverage of cooking gas in the country. “The scheme of providing clean cooking fuel would also reduce pollution and the time spent on cooking. It would also provide employment for rural youth in the supply chain of cooking gas”, he added.
As a symbolic launch of the scheme, as many as 10 women from BPL families were handed over connections and chullas by Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal, MOS Dharmendra Pradhan along with MoS Vijay Sampla.
Prominent amongst those present on the occasion included Former Punjab President Kamal Sharma, Vice president of BJP Rakesh Rathore, BJP MLA Manoranjan Kalia, K.D.Bhandari, Mayor Sunil Jyoti, Divisional Commissioner H.S.Nanda and Deputy Commissioner K.K.Yadav and others.
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