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Bhajan Singh Siddhu, a farmer in the village of Dhianomajra located about 40km from Chandigarh, next to the tubewell in his field. The water lavel in this well is only 50ft deep but he had spent Rs 50,000 (almost US$1,100) on diesel for his generator in the last season alone. Farmers in punjab are facing problems of depleting levels of underground water levels that in some places is as deep as 700ft. They complain that the state government does not supply enough electricity to use the pumps. They only receive 3-5hr of electricity per day and have to use diesel generators to pump the water for their fields.

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Bhajan Singh Siddhu, a farmer in the village of Dhianomajra located about 40km from Chandigarh, next to the tubewell in his field. The water lavel in this well is only 50ft deep but he had spent Rs 50,000 (almost US$1,100) on diesel for his generator in the last season alone. Farmers in punjab are facing problems of depleting levels of underground water levels that in some places is as deep as 700ft. They complain that the state government does not supply enough electricity to use the pumps. They only receive 3-5hr of electricity per day and have to use diesel generators to pump the water for their fields.