Staff Correspondent

GARWALE (KODAGU DISTRICT): Environmental degradation should be checked to maintain ecological balance and society should resort to judicious use of natural resources, Mysore MP C.H. Vijayashankar said here on Thursday.

He was inaugurating a programme organised by the National Institute of Engineering (NIE) and Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Kodagu Kendra, here on “Sustainable Technologies for Rural People” on Thursday.

Mother Earth could not be plundered any longer, Mr. Vijayashankar said, adding enough degradation had already taken place. People ought to live in harmony with nature. He said that he had instructed the Mysore Urban Development Authority authorities to make it mandatory for new layouts to have rainwater harvest technologies and solar lighting and water heating systems.

Mr. Vijayashankar blamed the forest officials for planting acacia and eucalyptus plants, which were not suitable for Malnad regions. Only local species of plants should be raised, he said.

He lauded the efforts being made by the NIE-CREST (centre for renewable energy and sustainable technologies) in a rural area such as Garwale. Small and large cooking stoves, kitchen waste compact biogas plant, solar energy technologies, solar home lights, rope and washer pump, simple hand pump, swing irrigation pump and single piston spray pump for use in agriculture operations, were on display at the campus.

K.P. Uthappa, chairman of the Bhavan’s Kodagu Kendra, said the kendra wanted to make Garwale a model institution in the country. The progress of the country depended on rural development. The kendra was committed to protecting the temples of nature such as trees, hills, peaks, rivers, he said.

N. Ramanuja, Chairman of the Karnataka Kendra of the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan and a Director of NIE, Mysore, gave an account of the development plans here. Five batches of management trainees had undergone training at the institute.