Ludhiana: Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal has included names of four members from the industry in the high-level committee constituted for fixing norms at inlet and outlet of common effluent treatment plants to be set up in Ludhiana.

In a major shift in its policy on setting up a nuclear power plant in the state, Punjab will now lobby with the Centre to give it a Light Water Reactor (LWR)-based nuclear power plant.

Three public sector companies are planning to set up 60-80 megawatt solar plants with an investment of Rs 1,000-1,200 crore. The projects will come up in Rajasthan, Punjab and the Leh region of Jammu and Kashmir.

In Punjab, thousands of family-size biogas plants are satisfactorily functioning for the last two decades with 5-10 cattle heads. PAU (Punjab Agricultural University) has designed biogas plants of various capacities to cover different sizes of dairies.

As implausible as it sounds, cattle poop can generate the electric power to light up thousands of households in Punjab, which has a livestock population of five and a half million buffalos and 1.2 million cows.

As many as 15 firms have shown interest in the 1,320 MW Rajpura thermal plant project after an appeal by its earlier lone bidder Lanco calling for acceptance of its negotiated bid by the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) was rejected by the Appellate Tribunal for Electricity.

Amloh: Fatehgarh Sahib district unit of the Panjab Energy Development Agency (PEDA) organised a block-level seminar to celebrate Rajiv Gandhi Save Energy Day at the BDPO office here today. Speaking on the importance of the day, district chief of the PEDA Suresh Kumar Goel said,

Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today assured the Prime Minister that the state would meet its grain production target for the national food pool. However, the state and its farmers paid a heavy price to maintain the crop due to unprecedented dry spell, he said.

Industrialists feel that the power crisis might demolish the industrial structure in the state. If things don

Continuing the process of disconnecting power supply to dyeing factories for failure to adhere to the norms for effluent discharge, the PSEB authorities today snapped power supply to five more units on the instructions of the Punjab Pollution Control Board. With this, the total number of dyeing units, which have faced disconnection of power, has gone up to 15 in the city during past three days.