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Biomass power project of 36 MW proposed to be set up in India

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Chandigarh, Oct 15 (PTI) Biomass power projects of 36 MW capacity has been proposed to be set up in Punjab with an investment of Rs 250 crore. Punjab Biomass Power Ltd (PBPL) Chairman Vini Ahuja made assurance with regard to setting up of the power projects, while holding a meeting with Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal here today, said an official release.

The project of 12 MW each has been proposed to be developed at village Bhunnerheri and Jalkheri in Patiala and Purkhali in Ropar district with paddy straw. Taking part in the deliberations, Ahuja apprised the Chief Minister the group had already implemented a similar project of 12 MW generation capacity at Ghanaur in Patiala district at a cost of Rs 90 crore which was fully operational.

He said the group has tied up with IL&FS to deliver these projects in the next 3 to 5 years. Unfolding the future plans to tap optimum biomass power generation in the state, Ahuja informed the Chief Minister that the PBPL would soon set up seven more such bio-mass power projects with the total capacity of 84 MW involving an investment of Rs 560 crore. He also sought cooperation and support from the state government in setting up of a training institute for renewable energy (biomass) power projects on PPP mode to impart technical training to Punjab youth with a job assurance to them.

The Chief Minister assured the Chairman of PBPL that the state government would extend all possible assistance and support for the speedy implementation of these biomass projects. Responding to the issue raised by Ahuja for setting up of training institute for renewable energy power Projects, Badal asked him to submit a comprehensive proposal so that a timely action could be taken on it.

Badal also assured the delegation that the state-owned Punjab Energy Development Agency would ensure single window clearance to facilitate timely execution of such projects. He also directed the Chairman Punjab Pollution Control Board to ensure fast clearance for biomass power projects so that these could be implemented in a fast mode by the developers. Badal also asked the PPCB to ensure strict implementation of the ban on the burning of paddy straw which was the basic biomass fuel for these projects.

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