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April 25, 2008



Chandigarh 25 April, 2008

Bathinda today moved a step closer towards a place on the civil aviation map as Ministry of Defence gave its all important clearances for operating four civilian commercial flights daily from the Air force Station at Bhisiana. This was disclosed by Mr Harcharn Bains, to the Media Advisor Punjab Chief Minister. This would be the second major civil aviation project to be cleared for Punjab and comes close on the heels of the clearance of the Mohali International Airport

According to Mr Bains the necessary clearance was conveyed to the Punjab government, through a special communication from the Ministry of Defence earlier this week. Initially four flights will operate daily between Bathinda and Delhi in either direction. Keeping in view the requirement of the defence base, these flights would operate between 10.15AM and 3.00 PM in order to avoid civil scheduled operations during low operational flying by fighter aircrafts.

A civil enclave would be constructed at the existing defence airfield to ensure prompt commencement of the civil operations. Additional land for this will be required by the State government for the Airport Authority of India.

It may be added that state-of-the-art new flying training Institutes/academies would be set up at Batala (district Gurdaspur) & Sri Anandpur Sahib. Meanwhile, the Ministry of Defence, GOI have also accorded its approval for setting up of flying institute at Faridkot.

The meeting was attended by Media Advisor to Chief Minister, Mr. Harcharn Bains, Principal Secretary to Chief Minister, Mr. D.S. Guru, Secretary Civil Aviation, Mr. Viswajit Khanna and Additional Principal Secretary to Chief Minister Mr. Gagandeep Singh Brar.


Chandigarh, April 25, 2008

A United States Company Econoler International is all set to light the streets of Municipal Areas of Punjab.

Mr. Leon Biaou, Managing Director of Econoler International today held a meeting with Mr. Bikram Singh Majithia , Science, Technology & Environment Minister to explain the conceptual plan of the company to provide energy efficient street lights for the Municipal Areas of Punjab. He said that his company had already successfully completed the self financing energy efficient street light projects for Indore & Ujjain that resulted in annual power saving of 35%, recovering the cost of project within three years.

Mr. Leon Biaou explained to the Minister that the company would suggest latest technology to the Municipal Corporations and Punjab would not have to spend a single penny in upgrading the street light infrastructure. He said that Energy Saving Companies would bid for every M.C and recover the cost of the project from the Energy saved by the new lighting system.

Appreciating the novel project Mr. Majithia said that Science & Technology department would facilitate this project and coordinate with Local Government Department for successful execution of this project. He said that a team of Science & Technology and Local Government Department would visit Indore & Ujjain to study the operational success of this project.

Prominent among those who participate the meeting included Mr. A.S. Chhatwal , Secretary Science & Technology and Mr. T.P.S. Sidhu, CEO PEDA.


Chandigarh 25 April, 2008

Punjab Chief Minister Mr Parkash Singh Badal today sought personal intervention of the Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh to ban forward trading in Steel besides scraping import duty on the import of scrap. He also demanded a 25 % cess on the export of basic iron or steel. He said that the government should either levy cess on export of Iron ore or ban the export of Iron ore.

Releasing the contents of the letter to newsmen, Mr Harcharan Bains Media Advisor to Chief Minister disclosed that Mr Badal was likely to raise this issue at personal meeting with the Prime Minister.

In his letter, Mr Badal urged the Prime Minister to declare ' Iron Ore ' as National Heritage, since this product and its stocks were limited. He said that the setting up of a Regulatory commission would be a right step to resolve all the issues relating to Steel Prices.

Punjab has a large number of Small Scale Industrial ( SSI) Units and was one of the largest consumers of Steel. The units were engaged in production of cycle parts, machine tools, hand tools auto parts etc, according to Mr Bains.

Mr Badal pointed out that the representatives of Industries have brought to his notice that the main producers of steel like Steel Authority of India Ltd(SAIL), Tata Iron and Steel Company Ltd(TISCO) and Rashtrya Ispat Nigam Ltd(RINL) raise prices of steel arbitrarily and at frequent intervals, which were adversely affecting growth of industries in the State of Punjab

The Chief Minister referred to the demands raised by legislators from various political parties in the last session of the Punjab Assembly and said that since Punjab was a border state and had a locational disadvantage with regard to Steel plants, Steel Units in the state had to pay higher freight charges, as compared to other States. Resultantly, the SSI units of Punjab could not compete in the market. Therefore, these units required a special rebate on steel from main producers.

The Chief Minister demanded that the issue of price structure of steel items should be examined afresh, in the light of frequent price increase.


Chandigarh, April 25, 2008

Punjab will set up a task force to chalk out a long-term strategy to provide clean and uncontaminated canal drinking water and fight the alarming menace of water, soil and air pollution in the state.

According to Mr. Harcharn Bains, Media Advisor to Chief Minister, the task force which would function as advisory cell would comprise representatives from Punjab State Pollution control Board, Public Health, Irrigation, Health, Local government and Industries departments.

The Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal took cognizance of reports published in a section of the press about the contaminated canal water. An emergency meeting of senior officers was held this morning to consider decisive steps to combat this menace. During the meeting, the Chief Minister expressed deep concern over the fragile drinking water supply system in the state in general and Malwa region in particular, and said that for proper health protection of the public, new techniques of water purification should be adopted along with the revamping of the present system. He emphasized the need for non-conventional techniques like Reverse Osmosis (RO) and Silver Ionization (SI) for the purpose. These techniques can ensure total safeguards against water pollution.

The main reason of the water pollution in the state was the disposing of the untreated Industrial waste in the rivers.

Prominent amongst those who attended the meeting included Media Advisor to Chief Minister Mr. Harcharn Bains, Principal Secretary to Chief Minister DS Guru, Principal Secretary Local Government DS Bains, and Secretary Irrigation & Power Suresh Kumar beside officers of Water Supply & Sanitation and Irrigation departments.


CHANDIGARH, April 25, 2008

The Irrigation Department, Punjab has announced the Rotational irrigation Programme for the Kharif Season through Canal water from 27 April to 4 May, 2008. The channels of Sirhind Canal System would run on priority basis from Abohar Branch, Patiala feeder, Sidhwan Branch, Bhatinda Branch and Bist Doab Canal respectively.

Disclosing this here today a spokesman of the irrigation department said that direct distributaries of Ghaggar link and its off taking channels i.e. Ghaggar Branch and Patiala Minor in Group 'B' being in the Ist preference will run to their indent. Balance water supplies available will be utilised in direct distributaries of Bhakra main line of Group 'A'.

The spokesman further said that the Punjab channels off taking from Harika and Ferozepur Head Works & Branches i.e. Abohar Branch off taking from Sirhind Feeder and its distributaries of group "B" would run on first preference to their indent. Balance water supplies available would be utilised in direct distributaries of Sirhind Feeder in Group "A".

The spokesman also said that the channels off taking from upper Bari Doab Canal i.e. Kasur Branch Lower with its distributaries being in first Preference would run to their indent. Balance Surplus water available would be utilised in Sabraon Branch, Lahore Branch, Main Branch Lower and with its distributaries respectively.



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