‘SUG­AR­CANE FARM­ERS TO GET AR­REARS BY DEC­END’

Hindustan Times (Bathinda) - - Punjab -

JA­LAND­HAR: Punjab jails and co­op­er­a­tive min­is­ter Sukhjin­der Singh Rand­hawa on Satur­day said the re­main­ing dues of sug­ar­cane farm­ers, amount­ing to ₹700 crore, will be cleared by De­cem­ber end.

Rand­hawa, while talk­ing to farm­ers, of­fi­cers of mills and rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the ex­ec­u­tive agency, said the pend­ing 30% of the amount will be dis­bursed by De­cem­ber end.

“The state gov­ern­ment has al­ready cleared 70% of the amount. We are in the process of clear­ing up the next 30%,” said Sukhjin­der Singh Rand­hawa.

The min­is­ter, who had come to in­spect the on­go­ing work of ex­pan­sion at the 62-year-old Bhog­pur Sugar Mill, in­formed that the project will com­mence by Fe­bru­ary next year.

"The state gov­ern­ment is spend­ing ₹108 crore on this project that will en­hance the ca­pac­ity of this plant to 3,000 tons of cane crush­ing per day (TCD) from 1016 TCD,” he said.

Rand­hawa said a co­gen­er­a­tion plant will also be set up to pro­duce 15 Mega Watt (MW) of power, out of which 8.54 MW will be ex­ported to the Punjab State Power Cor­po­ra­tion Lim­ited (PSPCL).

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