Chandigarh, Nov 7 (UNI) Bhakra Beas Management Board (BBMB) lights up millions of homes in the country by supplying energy which is generated from its hydro power plants.
About 3,95,000 million units of energy has been generated by BBMB power houses so far. Had this energy been generated by thermal plants, 237 million tonnes of coal would have been consumed.
Gobind Sagar, the reservoir of the Bhakra Nangal dam and Maharana Partap Sagar, the resservoir of the Pong dam supply about 28 million acre feet of irrigation water per year to the partner states to irrigate about 125 lakh acres of land.
BBMB reservoirs also supply drinking water to major towns of Punjab, Haryana, Western Rajasthan, Chandigarh and Delhi.
Tree plantation has always been a top priority for BBMB on its surplus land, along canals, colonies and sub-stations from the very beginning. However, this programme was given a boost from the year 2002-03 after the launch of the ''Greenland Project'' which was set up on 40 acres of land at Talwara in 2003.
In addition to these activities BBMB is also carrying out many welfare activities at its project stations at Talwara, Nangal and Sundernagar. These include free medical camps, which are organised in the villages.
Besides this, benches, fans, wall charts, etc are provided in government schools by BBMB. Playgrounds and parks are also prepared for the children at schools and villages.
The BBMB also organises blood donation camp and one such camp was organised in association with a team from the Department of Transfusion Medicine, PGI here today to commemorate the death anniversary of late Maj Gen B N Kumar, former chairman of BBMB.
The camp was inaugurated by Mrs Manjusha Misra, wife of Mr U C Misra, Chairman BBMB. The Chairman alongwith Anil Arora, Member Irrigation, Mr N K Arora, Member, Power and other senior officers were present on this occasion.
Mrs Misra, Mr Arora and other senior officers of BBMB including 164 officers and officials from Dhulkot, Jagadhri, Jamalpur, Nangal and Chandigarh donated blood in the camp.
BBMB has been organising blood donation camps for the last 20 years at its all project sites and this was the 46th camp.