Where there is a will there is a way. Punjab can reduce the area under paddy and arrest the fall in its groundwater; it only needs the political will to do so.

Chandigarh: As a part of river conservation project, the union ministry of environment and forests on Thursday cleared a proposal for laying sewage disposal pipes, and provision of sewage treatment plants in eight more towns of Punjab. These are Hoshiarpur, Phagwara South, Rajpura, Patran, Lehraghaga, Derabassi, Khanuri and Jalandhar. The project will be taken up at a cost of Rs 465.07 crore.

Dasuya (Hoshiarpur) : An industrial unit located on the Chandigarh-Hoshiarpur-Jammu highway in Randhawa village, near here, has been openly polluting the environment for the past many years.Owned by a known liquor baron of the region, Chadha Estate is not only causing air pollution but the underground water has also been polluted to a great extent.

An assessment of the implementation of the much-celebrated National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (NREGS) of the Centre for Punjab, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh has found that the scheme has had the least impact on Punjab followed by Haryana. However, the scheme has met with substantial success in Himachal Pradesh.

What was once an arid land, now wears a bright orange hue. From Punjab

Under the professional Institutional networking (PIN) of Ministry of Rural Development,United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) sanction Appraisal of impact assessment study, in the three districts namely Sirsa in Haryana, Sirmaur in Himachal Pradesh and Hoshiarpur in Punjab. NREGS was started in the first phase in these selected districts.

This assessment of contract farming practices in Hoshiarpur district in Punjab by CENTAD finds that the system does not allow equal stake to the farmers in deciding terms and conditions of the contract farming practices and there is need to analyse, and make amendments at the policy level.

Experiments were conducted to control Lantana camara in Shiwalik hills of Punjab through chemical treatment.

Hoshiarpur: Wild animals, especially wild boar and blue bull, have been damaging crops in the Kandi belt, giving sleepless nights to farmers.

Ludhiana: Usually, environmental issues are at the bottom of the priority list of elected representatives, but Avinash Rai Khanna, BJP MP from Hoshairpur, claims to be different. At a recent visit to Ludhiana, he urged people to save one litre of water each.