To redress environmental woes and cut production cost, industry in Punjab is shifting to green fuel (LPG). Industries dealing in bicycle manufacturing, forging and heat treatment, bakery, steel rolling mills and textiles have started using LPG instead of pet coke and furnace oil as fuel.
Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Monday assured farmers of eight hours of power supply every day for the ensuing paddy season, beginning on June 13, while promising 24-hour supply of power to all other categories of consumers.
Power consumers in Punjab are paying nearly 20% more than the tariff fixed by the sector regulator, Punjab State Electricity Regulatory Commission , due to the high rates of taxes and cess the state government levies on them while using this money to pay electricity subsidy.
The Punjab and Haryana high court on Monday questioned the practice of providing free or subsidised electricity to rich farmers in Punjab and Haryana for agricultural pump sets.
The Punjab government Wednesday decided to waive a part of the outstanding electricity bills of people from the weaker sections, a move which will benefit over 1.50 lakh consumers and cost Rs 350 crore to the state.
In the face of opposition from rivals in the state assembly over inflated power bills, the state government is likely to defer the scheduled hike in tariffs till the Lok Sabha elections. If it happens, it would not be the first time that the state government does so in an election year.
The Punjab government Monday signed an MoU with a Delhi-based company for a Rs 630-crore biofuel project which will produce renewable fuel from rice husk.
The state power sector which has been making a steady progress towards improving its finances is likely to be burdened with the costly power from solar plants and the power purchase agreements signed with the independent solar power producers (ISPPs) in the state.
The Punjab government Thursday said it has decided to remove the upper annual limit of 3,000 units for electricity consumption by scheduled caste, backward class and BPL families, enabling domestic consumers in these categories to avail 200 units per month free of cost.
The Punjab Government has urged the Centre to start a regular train service between Delhi and Amritsar to facilitate pilgrims to pay obeisance during the 550th birth anniversary celebrations of Sikhism founder Guru Nanak Dev.