GUWAHATI, Jan 16 - Governor Prof Jagdish Mukhi today said that in view of excessive pressure being exerted on the use of petrol, the nation needs to formulate ways and means of switching its dependence from petroleum products to alternative sources of energy like atomic energy, solar energy, tidal energy and wind energy.
Inaugurating a monthlong public awareness campaign Sanrakshan Kshamata Mahotsav (SAKSHAM) 2019 at the Guwahati Refinery auditorium here, Prof Mukhi said the country’s source of energy basket, that is crude oil, is diminishing at a fast rate.
The Governor said that considering the abundant availability of the untapped unconventional sources of energy there should be extensive research for using these energies as an alternative to petrol.
“We need to take a pledge to really enable us to make this monthlong awareness campaign bear fruits in our conservation efforts,” he said.
Referring to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s growth agenda which has pegged double-digit economic growth for the country, Prof Mukhi said that along with economic growth there would be consequent rise in the use of petroleum products, and therefore, serious efforts have to be made in conserving crude oil and find alternative sources of energy that can fuel the nation.
He said the government has formulated various plans and strategies to enhance availability of proprietary oil and gas, both from within and outside the country.
“Initiatives such as ethanol-blended petrol and jatropha-based bio-diesel are being promoted to reduce the dependency on consumption of fossil fuels. Alongside these initiatives, which are yielding substantial benefits, energy conservation efforts need to be intensified to make the whole country more energy-efficient than ever before,” he said.
Referring to the innovation of LED lights which have resulted in saving electricity while meeting the electricity needs to almost all the consumers of the nation, Prof Mukhi said similar plans and programmes should also be taken in conserving crude oil and finding alternative sources of energy that can meet future energy demands.
The Governor hailed the Petroleum Conservation Research Association as well as other stakeholders for taking pragmatic steps to devise modus operandi to conserve petrol and reduce its excessive use. He appealed to all concerned to actively participate in the cause and transform this conservation campaign into a way of life by inculcating various small habits such as judiciously using petrol and patronage conservation programmes.
On the occasion, a ‘Saksham pledge’ was also taken in Assamese, Hindi and English. The Governor also flagged off the Saksham Walkathon.