Groundwater stage dips, Punjab farmers go in for strong pumps
Chandigarh, September 20
The alarming depletion of groundwater within the state has pressured farmers to extend the ability load of their agricultural pump units.
The scenario has reached a essential juncture in 12 districts, a lot in order that farmers are bearing big bills on putting in tubewells.
Based on the information of Punjab State Energy Company Restricted (PSPCL), 1.84 lakh farmers have elevated the load of their motors up to now 4 and a half months because the state authorities diminished the fees for growing the ability load.
The load has elevated by 7.49 lakh brake horsepower (BHP).
Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann had, on June 9, introduced a discount within the payment for growing the load. It was diminished from Rs 4,750 to Rs 2,500.
Greater than 51,359 farmers in seven districts of the western zone have elevated the load of motors by 2.24 lakh BHP.
At 17,245, Bathinda and Mansa districts have seen the very best variety of farmers getting their load elevated. They’ve elevated their load by 81,802 BHP.
In all, 15,383 farmers in Barnala and Malerkotla districts have elevated the load by 70,964 BHP. In Tarn Taran, 19,603 farmers elevated the load by 76,785 BHP.
There are about 14 lakh agricultural motors in Punjab. As quickly as the federal government had diminished the payment, farmers began submitting purposes for growing the load of their pump units.