Special Correspondent

Hydel power project with the State can be explored: CM

CHANDIGARH: Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda on Monday said that both Haryana and Uttaranchal Pradesh could undertake joint venture projects in areas of mutual interest, especially in power generation, agriculture, education and technical education.

Talking to media persons at village Badripur near Bajpur in Uttaranchal, he disclosed that Haryana was already buying power from Uttaranchal and the possibility to set up a joint venture hydel power project could be explored.

Mr.Hooda said that such mutual cooperation would be in the larger interest of the nation as joint ventures would improve technical education and reduce unemployment.

Commenting on the issue of rapid industrialisation which might reduce area under agriculture, he said that both agriculture and industry were equally important for development. There should be balanced development of both agriculture and industry. Haryana was promoting diversification of crops and was motivating farmers to leave the cycle of wheat-rice cultivation.

Asked whether Haryana proposed to ban the sale of specific brands of cold drinks in the State following the findings of the pollution monitoring laboratory of the Centre for Science and Environment, he said that the decision would depend on the verdict of the Central Government. He further asserted that if it was proved that these were harmful for human consumption, they would certainly be banned. He added that there were different reports regarding these tests and a decision to ban a particular soft drink could be taken only after in-depth study of the objectionable contents.