Following the directions of Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann, Punjab Mandi Board will install solar power plants in all the mandis to provide affordable electricity across the state.
This was disclosed by the Agriculture and Rural Development Minister Kuldeep Singh Dhaliwal, while he chaired a meeting on Wednesday with the senior officials of the department at the head office.
Dhaliwal directed the concerned officials to start the work of installing solar power plants in all grain and vegetable markets at once in the state.
The officials present in the meeting said that under a pilot project, net metering rooftop solar power plants in four mandis are being installed and such solar power plants will be installed in 23 mandis.
Dhaliwal said that a project report should be prepared for all grain and vegetable markets for setting up net monitoring solar power plants so that the people can be provided with affordable electricity, according to a press release. He also directed to install sheds on which solar panels could be installed easily.
The minister directed officials to ensure the cleanliness of the vegetable markets on a daily basis, considering the issue of lack of cleanliness in the vegetable markets, which leads to an obnoxious smell.
Dhaliwal also issued instructions to take action to strengthen the link roads and make them 18 feet wide under the Mandi Board. Along with this, he said that the damaged link roads should be repaired immediately.
Taking an important decision, Kuldeep Dhaliwal asked the officials of the Mandi Board to submit a report as soon as possible to bring the vacant land of the focal point into use.
Special Principal Secretary to Chief Minister of Punjab and Secretary of Mandi Board Ravi Bhagat among other senior officials were present in the meeting.