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Migration main reason for energy crises
Correspondent Kohima, Feb 22 (NPN):
Published on 23 Feb. 2011 12:11 AM IST
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Advisor new and renewable energy Nagaland Deo Nukhu on Tuesday said influx of migration from rural to urban was growing rapidly in many countries including India and NE region due to human advancement in various fields. This, Nukhu said has brought about pollution and energy crisis in various ways.
Speaking at the second meeting on Nagaland solar city stakeholders at conference hall Japfu hotel, Nukhu described solar energy as God’s gift to mankind, and therefore urged stakeholders to avail the opportunity by discussing and deliberating on the issue of renewable energy and the benefit of solar energy.
He also reminded that because of the effects of global warming and climate change and depletion of fossil fuels reserves, renewable energy technologies, managing urban waste by converting it into energy, water harvesting and sanitation, ground water management are towards mitigation of climate change within the city.
He also appealed to make Kohima and Dimapur a model solar city in the region as well as the country.
Deo further pointed out that Nagaland was among the first state in the North-Eastern Region to have established a separate Department of New & Renewable Energy and that the present DAN government was committed towards the goal of effectively tapping renewable energy for the benefit of the people of Nagaland.
Earlier, Er.T. S Angami Director N&RE, in his brief introduction to Solar City & Renewable Energy said that the main objective was to empower municipalities to manage their own power requirements, to involve various stakeholders in the planning process, to built capacity in the Urban Local Bodies and create awareness among all sections of civil society and to oversee the implementation of sustainable energy options through public-private partnerships.
He said that climate change and its impact on humanity has become a reality and pointed out that excess emission of Carbon dioxide (CO2) and other human activities contribute about 45% of CO2 and that government had decided to generate 50% of energy from New and Renewable energy to check CO2 emission.
He also said that JNRSM was aimed not only to supplement energy but also check climatic change. He also revealed that the process of Solar City for Kohima and Dimapur in the state was on and that formal announcement will be made later.
Commissioner & Secretary, new & renewable energy and IPR, M.K. Mero (ITS) who chaired the inaugural programme opined that new & renewable energy would become an asset in a scenario where global warming, climate change, carbon emission and the like was a concern for all.
He informed that the programme was organised with a set target of 10% usage to give support to the municipal bodies to facilitate solar energy requirement in towns and cities making them the stakeholders.
In the second session, representatives from the Darashaw Pvt. Ltd. Mumbai and Energy & Climate ICLEI New Delhi gave a power point presentation followed by discussion between the stakeholders, MNRE and DNRE.
Representatives from both Dimapur and Kohima Municipal Councils attended the day long programme.
(With inputs from DIPR)

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