In a bid to optimally utilise recycled agriculture waste in the state as alternative fuel, Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal on Thursday evening, constituted a committee under KS Pannu, agriculture secretary, to explore the feasibility of implementing this project successfully in the state with the collaboration of a private firm.
A decision to this effect was taken by the chief minister in a meeting with the owners of the company and officers of the industry and pollution control department here on Friday.
During the meeting, the chief minister asked Pannu to study all the aspects of this project so that it could be effectively implemented in the state for benefitting the farmers.
Badal said Punjab had abundant quantity of biomass, being an agrarian state, which could be optimally used for captive power generation. This would not only benefit the farmers of the state but would also supplement their income considerably besides the effective management of the waste.
The representatives of 'Riela' company led by Karl Heinz Knoop gave a presentation regarding their project to the chief minister here at the circuit house during which they apprised him about the entire technology through which the agriculture waste would be effectively utilised for producing a fuel which would act as alternative to the coal in running the thermal plants, cement factories and brick kilns.
The chief minister was also apprised that the company would purchase the agriculture waste like straw from the farmers and produce the burning pellets from it by installing the pelleting plant.
Badal was informed that this fuel would be cheaper than coal and would help in enhancing the income of farmers by 10%.
The chief minister was accompanied by his political advisor Mahesh Inder Singh Grewal, agriculture secretary KS Pannu, director (industries) Vikas Partap and city deputy commissioner Rajat Aggarwal.