Don't harm environment to meet energy needs: President on Paris Agreement

Said energy availability became uncertain as power generation capacity not able to meet demand

Pranab Mukherjee

Pranab Mukherjee

IANS Kolkata
Observing that India is a signatory to the Paris Agreement and is committed to have a specific rate of reduction in carbon emission over the years, President Pranab Mukherjee on Friday warned against harming the environment to meet energy requirements.

Mukherjee inaugurated a Bio-Solar-Wind Microgrid Centre and Centre for Water and Environment Research at the Indian Institute of Engineering Science & Technology (IIEST), Shibpur, West Bengal, during the day. He also said that the facilities are crucial from the perspective of socio-economic development.

Mukherjee said that in present circumstances, energy availability has become uncertain with augmentation in power generation capacity unable to meet the rising demand for power of various consuming centers such as industry and household. A micro-management of power system using renewable energy sources will lead to self-sufficiency in high consuming destinations like institutions and industry. 

He appreciated the innovations displayed by a large number of grassroot innovators during the annual Festival of Innovations at Rashtrapati Bhavan.

The President said a large population of this country has no access to any form of electricity. He mentioned how important the availability of electricity is for ordinary people. However, the environment should not be harmed in the process of meeting the energy requirements. 

He also called for addressing the problems of potable water.

"Access to water in the 21st century is a challenge. Potable water is not available to a large population in many villages in India. The demand for safe potable water is increasing rapidly with the exponential growth in population. This problem needs to be addressed," he said.

Also Read

President of India inaugurates integrated bio-solar-wind Microgrid centre and centre for water and environment research at IIEST, Shibpur

India needs to strive for better economic prosperity: Pranab Mukherjee

Read full text: Pranab Mukherjee on campus violence, democracy, governance

President Pranab Mukherjee Gives Away Awards to Top Ranking Institutions in NIRF Ranking 2017 Our Institutions have all the Qualities Necessary for Being Ranked High- Pranab Mukherjee

PM greets the President, Shri Pranab Mukherjee on his birthday

Pakistan moves ICJ to rehear Kulbhushan Jadhav case

Much-awaited Tejas Express to be rolled out on Mumbai-Goa route on Monday

Heatwave claims 167 lives in Telangana since April 1

Army confident of handling infiltrations, ceasefire violations: Jaitley

Coal scam case: Delhi court convicts ex-coal secy H C Gupta, three others

First Published: May 19 2017 | 7:16 PM IST

Explore News