“The farmers have been waiting for three years. The processing is very slow and could take more than a year. That means that even next year, the farmers are not sure that they would get the connections before the start of the paddy season,” Behru said.Last year, the NGT directed “the state government to issue the necessary notification regarding the restriction of power supply to the tubewell — mentioning timings etc — within 30 days from the day of issuance of the order”. However, the process took almost six months to start.As per officials within the PSPCL, the release of 1.25 lakh tubewell connections would cost the government over Rs 550 crore as the power subsidy bill would swell. The power subsidy in the state went up from Rs 4,778 crore in 2014-15 to Rs 5,484 crore in 2015-16. As per an estimate, it will rise to Rs 6,000 crore by the next fiscal.At present, there are 12.76 lakh tubewell connections in the state. Around 1.25 lakh connections would be added by next year. This will increase power demand in the farm sector by 12 to 15 per cent.CMD PSPCL KD Chaudhri said they would complete the process of around 15,000 connections in the coming few weeks.