All measures must be taken to conserve water resources to meet the future needs, said S. Samuel Asir Raj, Associate Professor, Manonmaniam Sundaranar University, Tirunelveli.

Addressing a programme organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), Tuticorin, on World Environment Day on Saturday, he said that with copious amount of rainfall, water resources could be conserved but the benefits of the southwest monsoon in Tamil Nadu was only marginal. Digging deep borewells was not advisable.

Hence people should come forward with a vision and find out ways and means to tap community resources for conserving water.

“Since the evaporation of water is very high, the people are experiencing the radiation of heat. Global climate change has become a reality and the glaciers feeding the Ganges are melting down at a rapid pace. The Ganges is considered the lifeline of north India,” he said.

“We must also devise strategies to recycle electronic wastes such as computer spares.” Noise and air pollution must be reduced. The carbon exhaust form vehicles could also be minimised. With this the temperature level could be reduced by a fraction at least, he said.

Using technology being adopted in solid waste management throughout Tamil Nadu, the environment could be protected from pollution, P. Kubendran, Corporation Commissioner, said.

A lot of stress was being given by the government on eco system management, he added. A poster titled, ‘Green Earth – Fresh air – Better Life,' was released on the occasion.

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