To convert crop residue into bio-energy, Punjab Government has come together with a Chennai-based firm and has decided to set up around 400 plants. This decision by the Government of Punjab has raised the hopes that the problem of stubble burning will come to an end. The stubble burning had choked Delhi, and there was a thick layer of smog, which made the life of Delhiites difficult a few days back, and till now the effect of it can be seen in Delhi and many other states.
Before the next harvesting season, the plants will become operational and it will prevent the environment from going through the “hazardous state,” which it has to go through after the burning of stubbles, said a spokesperson of the Punjab Government.
The plants that the government has decided to install will cost around 10,000 Crore. The Government of Punjab for each unit on a 33-year tenancy will allot 7 Acres of land and in turn, and at subsidized rates will be providing power. Whereas the waste management firm, headquartered in Chennai, would be building cluster units, 400 in number over the next 10 months. The spokesperson said, “50,000 tons of paddy straws each plant will be able to process.”
Hours after a meeting between Arvind Kejriwal and Haryana’s Monohar Lal Khattar, the ruling party Congress in Punjab, the official announcement was made on late Wednesday last week.
The announcement stated, “I do not have the same luxury of time,” as Mr. Arvind Kejriwal, Amarinder Singh the Punjab Chief Minister said NO to a similar meeting with Mr. Arvind Kejriwal earlier.
Mr. Amarinder Singh, in a conversation with a news agency “Press Trust Of India,” stated expecting the farmers to completely give up burning of crop residue is not logical, till they are provided with solutions which are practical and which they can abide by.
The state government could not fund the inducements needed to encourage farmers to give up crop burning, Amarinder Singh the Chief Minister claimed. He also said without a good amount of cash fund, bringing an end to this problem is difficult. Environment Minister Harsh Vardhan said indicating towards the states that they must learn how to prioritize the issues and then start working on it accordingly.
To make sure that the farmers do not burn the residues of the crop, in Punjab the leaders of the opposition Aam Admi Party, however insisted on the implementation of the National Green Tribunal’s orders given in 2015.