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Dr. Chiranjeev Kathuria, a Sikh NRI takes interest to work on the stubble burning problem in Punjab by investing in a mega-project that will help generate power.
The Revenue Minister of Punjab, Gurpreet Singh Kangar gained confidence in Kathuria as he showed interest in working this out. Besides, he has a grip over the solar power sector and innovative ideas on generating energy through workable methods.
This project will do good to the environment and help in reducing the recent concern that’s the smog all over in the air impacting the quality of air in and around Punjab.
He plans to work on this by setting up 4000MW biomass energy generating plants in Punjab. Out of which, he intends to generate 3000MW for Solar power and rest of the 1000MW from biomass extracted from the stubble of paddy and wheat.
He believes that this initiative will benefit the Punjab State Power Corp Ltd. To take this ahead, there was a press conference held in NCR and Chiranjeev Kathuria, the NRI and Gurpreet Singh Kangar, the Revenue Minister had a discussion on this.
Pointers On The Discussion
1. To solve the problem of environmental pollution it has been discussed that the stubble that used to be burnt and deteriorate the environment will now be used to generate power.
2. Biomass power project of 5MW will be set up
3. Stubble will be used as the raw material to increase the number of plants across Punjab and this will be a positive step towards solving the stubble burning problem
4. 10-15 villages will have a plant close to the substation
5. “The power produced by the plants set up will be fed directly into the main grid. The Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) will get the benefit of this additional power and hence there will be saving of subsidy by Punjab government as per the net metering rule of the state,” said Gurpreet Kangar
6. 25 thousand crores will be the entire cost of this project. The setup part will not be taken care of by Dr. Kathuria
7. 15 years is the estimated time to run this power plant and the Punjab government is contemplating reducing the subsidy to Rs 500 crores in the future.
By Neha Makhija