SYL issue: Deputy CM Sukhbir Singh Badal now looks at ‘legal opinion’

Dharmendra Pradhan launched Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana where it was announced that the Centre would help the state set up projects to deal with crop stubble.

Written by Anju Agnihotri Chaba | Jalandhar | Published:November 12, 2016 4:01 am
SYL canal issue, Punjab Haryana water dispute, water dispute, Congress MLAs resigns, Punjab Congress MLAs resign, Badal  government, Punjab CM badal, Supreme Court decision, Pranab Mukherjee, indian express news Dharmendra Prasdhan and Sukhbir Singh Badal distribute free LPG connections and chullas in Jalandhar. (Express Photo)

A day after the Supreme Court verdict on the SYL row, state Deputy CM avoided all questions over the issue on Friday and said a decision on it would be taken in the state Assembly on November 16. “We are taking legal opinion as it it a legal issue and all I can say that we will not allowed any one to enter Punjab and construct the canal,” he said. He refused to comment on any further questions over the issue. Sukhbir, on Thursday, said Punjab would not give up water to Haryana.

On Friday, he was with union petroleum and natural gas minister Dharmendra Pradhan at the launch of the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana where it was announced that the Centre would help the state set up projects to deal with crop stubble.

Pradhan said the two governments will sign an MOU for projects that will produce ethanol fuel from crop stubble. The first such project would be set up at Bathinda at a cost of Rs 500 crore and its foundation stone to be laid after two weeks, he added.

The union minister said Punjab produced more than 50 lakh tonnes of crop stubble in a season, which could be used as raw material for fuel units. He also announced that in the first phase 10 ethanol units would be set up in various districts in Punjab which would play an important role to redress the issue of pollution.

Under PM Ujjawal scheme, he said, the LPG connections and steel chullas would be provided to all 7 lakh BPL households who have no domestic gas connections in Punjab in coming 50 days. He also said that out of total 65 lakh households in the state, about 7 lakh were using kerosene and other traditional methods for cooking etc, adding he said this scheme would provide smoke free kitchen to the women in the each household. “Gas connection and cylinders would be given under scheme by the centre government and chullahs (gas stove) will be given by the state government free of cost,” said he.

Pradhan said that providing LPG connections to BPL households will ensure universal coverage of cooking gas in the state. “The scheme of providing clean cooking fuel will also reduce pollution and the time spent on cooking,” he said.