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Two agri projects lined up for Kalanaur town


Two agri projects lined up for Kalanaur town

Ravi Dhaliwal

Tribune News Service

Kalanaur (Gurdaspur), March 14

The historic town of Kalanaur is all set to get a facelift with the Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) deciding to set up College of Agriculture and the state government Institute of Sugarcane Research.

Both ventures will come up on 100 acres of land each. Kalanaur has 1,200 acres of panchayat land lying vacant and this will now be put to optimum use. This is bound to boost the sagging economy of the area where drug use and unemployment are rampant.

PAU Vice Chancellor BS Dhillon, in a letter addressed to Cabinet Minister Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa, had on Tuesday urged him to make efforts to spare 100 acres of land. Kalanaur falls in the jurisdiction of the Dera Baba Nanak Assembly seat, which is represented by Randhawa. The minister said the panchayat, on his recommendation, had passed a resolution to give the land to the PAU.

“The modalities and the costs involved are being worked out. The VC has taken this step as ever since the PAU was established in 1957, the number of students taking admissions in agriculture-related courses from Gurdaspur, Pathankot, Batala, Dinanagar, Dera Baba Nanak and Fatehgarh Churian had been negligible. Now, the PAU has decided to take the college to the doorsteps of students. Apart from this, the initiative will also boost the economy,” said Randhawa.

Randhawa, who holds the charge of the Cooperation Department, said an Institute of Sugarcane Research, on the lines of the Indian Institute of Sugarcane Research, Lucknow, was also being constructed adjacent to the college on 100 acres of land.

“While it will be a state government venture, the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) will provide the technical inputs. It will be set up at a cost of Rs 1,000 crore which will be borne by the state government. It will focus on the development of sugarcane varieties, evaluation of waterlogging tolerance and mechanisation of sugarcane cultivation. Gurdaspur district is rich in sugarcane and the institute will devise ways and means to improve the yield per acre of sugarcane,” said the minister.

Mega ventures 

While Punjab Agricultural University will set up College of Agriculture, the state government will build Institute of Sugarcane Research

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