Ropar (Punjab): A Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB) team has taken samples of water and plants from Sutlej river in Punjab to evaluate the damage caused by a furnace oil spill after a thermal power plant pipeline burst two days ago, officials said on Sunday.

Ropar: No pong ash is being used from Ropar thermal plant for the construction of Kurali-Kiratpur Sahib stretch of the National Highway 21 despite strict guidelines of the government of India.

Is pursuing floriculture in green house a commercial activity? The Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) would lead us to believe so. However, the national horticulture mission thinks otherwise.

Six students of the Sahibzada Ajit Singh Academy (SASA), Ropar, have been invited by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) to Finland.

The team will participate in a week-long conference at University of JOENSUU in Finland in the second week of April. The students are Ranjit Singh, Gurtej Singh, Harmandeep Singh, Gurkirat Singh, Ranjodh Singh and Gurveer Singh.

Ropar: In a bid to attract tourists to the villages, the Punjab Government has launched a farm tourism scheme in Rupnagar district, said Additional Deputy Commissioner (development) Kavita Singh. She said detailed guidelines have been chalked out to rope in progressive farmers and farmhouse owners in the district. Under the scheme, a farmhouse owner would play host and guide the visitors.

Chatamli (Ropar): The proverbial

Ropar: The Ambuja Cement plant is utilising biomass for its captive power plant at the unit. Use of biomass has brought respite for villagers around, who find it difficult to manage agriculture waste and stock it.

The water-harvesting structures constructed in six villages to provide irrigation and agriculture sustainability in the area have proved to be a bane for villagers as the dams have not been desilted since their inception.

Ropar: The biomass power plants, running in the state, are incurring losses due to lack of fuel, security and disparity in the power tariffs between different plants.

Punjab has two kinds of plants including independent power producing (IPP) plants and the co-generation plants. The IPP are given the rights to produce power only.

The All Indian Power Engineers Federation (AIPEF) has urged the Punjab Government to not hand over the proposed 264 MW Gidderbaha Thermal Plant to the National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC).

According to the engineers, NTPC allows utilisation of just 50 per cent of the power produced to the state and the rest 50 percent is distributed to other states.