German delegation to recommend system

Union Minister of State for Power K.C. Venugopal has said that a German delegation will visit the State shortly to recommend a system to generate electricity from garbage.

Discussions will be held with the delegation on exploring the ways to introduce the system that has been successfully implemented in Germany, the Minister said. He was talking after inaugurating a one-day workshop on environment conservation organised by the Kerala Catholic Bishops’ Council here on Saturday.

Steps needed

Mr. Venugopal said that steps should be taken to correct the perception that environment and development cannot co-exist. Development projects should be implemented by reducing environmental problems. The Minister said that dropping a few coal-based power projects on environmental grounds had dealt a serious set back to the country’s power sector.

He said that Kerala is benefitting from increased allocation of power from the Centre. The demand for power in the State and the country in general is on the rise calling for more power projects. Mr.Venugopal hailed KCBC for its meaningful intervention in various fields including environment conservation.

Classes

KCBC president Archbishop Mar Andrews Thazhath presided. KCBC deputy secretary general Stephen Alathara, and POC dean of studies Joly Vadakkan spoke.

Bishop Abraham Mar Youlios led a class based on an environment policy document prepared by the KCBC. Rubber Board research wing director James Jacob led a class on spiritualism through environment friendly lifestyle.

Kollam-based Bionest director Alexander N. Vaidyan spoke on nature friendly constructions and Jose Mathew Vayalilppura, principal of St. Xavier’s College, Kozhikode, led a session on environment protection in the teachings of the Church.

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